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Greta Thunberg is Time magazine's Person Of The Year

Activist Greta Thunberg, who has led worldwide protests demanding action on climate change, is Time magazine’s Person Of The Year.

Thunberg, a Swedish 16-year-old, has been calling the world’s attention to what she describes as the “climate emergency”.

The announcement by Time came as she attended UN climate talks in Madrid.

“For decades, researchers and activists have struggled to get world leaders to take the climate threat seriously. But this year, an unlikely teenager somehow got the world’s attention,” the magazine said.

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“She is an ordinary teenage girl who, in summoning the courage to speak truth to power, became the icon of a generation.”

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Speaking at the conference, she told delegates: “I still believe the biggest danger is not inaction.”

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“The real danger is when politicians and CEOs are making it look like real action is happening when in fact almost nothing is being done apart from clever accounting and creative PR.”

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg was just eight when she became passionate about the planet

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Greta sailed across the Atlantic to attend the UN summit after it was moved from Chile to Madrid.

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