"The power of youth" is the "one" of Time magazine.

Like every year, the magazine has unveiled this December 11th the name of the personality who has marked the year. The choice of 2019 will not surprise anyone: Greta Thunberg won the vote. "She has become the biggest voice of the biggest topic on the planet this year. She came from nowhere to become the leader of a global movement, "said Edward Felsenthal, Time's editor.

The Swedish activist poses on the cover, back to the wild sea and look afar. "For decades, researchers and activists have been trying to get world leaders to take the climate threat seriously. But this year, a teenager like no other has caught the attention of the world, "greets the newspaper.

Greta Thunberg, 16, is the founder in the summer of 2018 of the Fridays for Future movement, which has since rallied thousands of young people around the world to take to the streets demanding concrete environmental advances. They made a show of force in September, millions of people demonstrating in the streets of cities around the world, just before a summit of the United Nations (UN) on climate. At the summit, the teenager had also intervened at the UN platform with a scathing speech denouncing the inaction of the powerful of the planet in the face of climate change, punctuating his speech "How dare you? Accusers.

The girl, who took a sabbatical year to devote herself to the cause she is defending, is currently attending COP25 in Madrid: "Wow, it's amazing! She said on her Twitter account, writing to share "this great honor with all the activists of 'Fridays for future' and climate activists across the globe.

She was selected by Time in front of five other finalists who were Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Megan Rapinoe, the whistleblower who warned of the phone call between Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president and pro-democracy protesters of Hong Kong.

The Swede is thus the youngest laureate of this distinction, awarded since 1927 by the American magazine.

Kate White for DayNewsWorld