Greta Thunberg joins the ranks of Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and Mark Zuckerberg as Time’s Person of the Year!

Climate activist Greta Thunberg photographed on the shore in Lisbon, Portugal December 4, 2019

Congratulations Greta Thunberg for being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year! As well as being the youngest person ever to receive the title. At only 16 years old, this Swedish teenager has dared to speak up on an issue most of us are simply passive with.

Although being named Person of the Year holds no real significant merit, like a cash prize, or trophy, or a medal—it does hold a sort of prestige. Especially since the personalities it heralds are people like former US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis. But really, it’s no different than any magazine putting out a Top 10 movies of the year list.

And this isn’t the first time that Time magazine chose a debatable winner for Person of the Year. Just like back in 2006, where they proclaimed ‘You’ for Person of the Year. Therefore enabling a stream of people placing ‘Person of the Year’ (2006) on their resumes.

So with Greta Thunberg being named Person of the Year, it presents an opportunity for a healthy flow of opinions.

The different perspectives on Greta Thunberg.

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While we here at U Do U believe that Greta Thunberg is well-deserving of being proclaimed as the Person of the Year by Time, there are many others who don’t. And to give you all a fair perspective let’s discuss why and why she does not, deserve the title.

I’m a firm believer in delivering bad news first, so let’s start with why people think she isn’t deserving. So the gist of most arguments on Greta Thunberg claims that her achievements are too small when compared to those like Barack Obama. And that her age and condition make her susceptible to be influenced by eco-politicals who have their own agendas.

Now as for why she is deserving, it’s because she single-handedly managed to convince over 4 million people to participate in the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, which is considered to be “the largest climate demonstration in human history.” And if we’re talking about comparisons on past title-holders, Adolf Hitler was also Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

The jarring irony

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Although there is one ironic fact out of all this that we cannot ignore. Greta Thunberg is an environmentalist. And for Time Magazine to proclaim her as Person of the Year, with the underlying goal of selling copies of their magazine. Magazines that take, who knows how many, trees in order to produce. And when you factor in production and distribution, imagine how big the carbon footprint of Time magazine is, just to produce one issue. And an issue about an environmentalist, at that.

Overall, we believe that Greta Thunberg is an inspirational young girl. It’s not everyday a single person can convince 4 million people to agree on a single idea. So whether you believe she deserves the title as Time magazine’s Person of the Year or not, she’s trying her best to create positive change for the world. How about you?

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*Photo credits to Time, Vox, and Thijs Stoop