Time magazine has named Greta Thunberg as its 2019 Person of the Year. The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has become the face of a growing movement of young people demanding action on global warming.
The magazine made the announcement Wednesday morning in New York City on NBC's "Today" show. It also showed the cover for its special Person of the Year publication.
Time wrote on its website that Thunberg won the award "for sounding the alarm about humanity's predatory relationship with the only home we have...for showing us all what it might look like when a new generation leads."
Thunberg said Wednesday that she was surprised when she heard the news. She said the honor also deserved to be shared by others in the worldwide movement she helped launch.
"I'm, of course, very grateful for that, very honored," Thunberg said. But she added that "it should be everyone in the Fridays for Future movement because what we have done, we have done together."
Over the past year and a half, Thunberg has drawn huge crowds at protests and conferences. Some have welcomed her activism, including her speeches urging world leaders to take meaningful action on climate change. But others have criticized the sometimes combative way she communicates.
Thunberg told Associated Press reporters Wednesday that she was hopeful that her main message — that governments need to greatly increase their efforts to combat climate change — is finally being heard. But she added that the media should also pay attention to other activists and to the science connected to global warming.
Asked whether she thought world leaders were beginning to react to this message, Thunberg said, "They say they listen and they say they understand, but it sure doesn't seem like it."
The four other finalists for Time's2019 Person of the Year were the unnamed whistleblower who raised concerns about a phone call between Ukraine's president and U.S. President Donald Trump; lawmaker Nancy Pelosi, who in September launched an impeachment investigation into Trump; and Trump himself, whom the magazine recognized with the award in 2016.
Time magazine ran its first "Man of the Year" issue in 1928. That year, the honor went to airplane pilot Charles Lindbergh. He was 25 years old at the time. Until Wednesday, he remained the youngest person to have received the honor.
《时代周刊》 2019年年度人物的其他四位决赛入围者是不愿透露姓名的举报人，他们对乌克兰总统和美国总统唐纳德·特朗普之间的电话感到担忧；议员南希·佩洛西（Nancy Pelosi），他于9月对特朗普发起了弹each调查；还有特朗普本人，该杂志在2016年获得了大奖。
Wallis Simpson was the first woman Time magazine chose for the yearly award. She was named in 1937, after Britain's King Edward VIII left his royal position to marry her.
瓦利斯·辛普森（Wallis Simpson）是《时代》杂志评选的第一位年度女性。在英国国王爱德华八世（King Edward VIII）离开王室与她结婚之后，她以1937年的名字命名。
That year, the cover said "Woman of the Year." But the name of the award was officially "Man of the Year" until 1999. It then changed to "Person of the Year."
Last year, Timerecognized jailed and killed reporters around the world with the award.
Words in This Story：
global warming - n. the recent increase in the world's temperature that is believed to be caused by the increase of certain gases (such as carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere
draw - v. to cause (someone or something) to come
combative- adj. having or showing a willingness to fight or argue
combat - v. to try to stop (something) from happening or getting worse
predatory - adj.wrongly harming or using others for pleasure or profit
grateful - adj. feeling or showing thanks