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Time names teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg as 2019 Person of the Year

Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY
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Time magazine named Greta Thunberg its 2019 Person of the Year on Wednesday.

This is the first time the magazine has named a teenager, making 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist is the youngest person to ever be named. The record was previously held by 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh in 1927.

The accolade goes to the person or persons who “most influenced the news and the world” during the past year.

On a shortlist of finalists were also President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment in inquiry and those protesting the Chinese government in Hong Kong.

Thunberg, who spoke before the United Nations Climate Action Summit this year, has become a symbol for youth across the world protesting against climate change.