Das Time Magazine hat Greta Thunberg zur Person des Jahres 2019 auserkoren. Die 16jährige ist die jüngste Person des Jahres in der Geschichte des Magazins.
Diese Wahl ist nur konsequent und die Auszeichnung hochverdient: Greta Thunberg symbolisiert Zukunft und die Generation, die mit den Folgen unserer hedonistischen Gesellschaft fertig werden muss. Alle anderen symbolisieren Vergangenheit und eine Wirtschaftsweise, die nun an ihre natürlichen Grenzen stößt. Wir haben den Planeten an seine Grenzen getrieben und wundern uns nun, warum er platzt. Frau Thunberg wundert sich nicht, sie handelt.
Diese Auszeichnung ist mehr als verdient und sie ist gleichzeitig eine Auszeichnung für alle, die an Freitagen die Schule geschwänzt und auf der Straße für eine neue Politik demonstriert haben. Ich verneige mich vor Miss Person of the Year und all ihren Mitstreitern. Herzlichen Glückwunsch.
On the first day of her climate strike, Thunberg was alone. She sat slumped on the ground, seeming barely bigger than her backpack. It was an unusually chilly August day. She posted about her strike on social media, and a few journalists came by to talk to her, but most of the day she was on her own. She ate her packed lunch of bean pasta with salt, and at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, when she’d normally leave school, her father picked her up and they biked home.
On the second day, a stranger joined her. “That was a big step, from one to two,” she recalls. “This is not about me striking; this is now us striking from school.” A few days later, a handful more came. A Greenpeace activist brought vegan pad thai, which Thunberg tried for the first time. They were suddenly a group: one person refusing to accept the status quo had become two, then eight, then 40, then hundreds. Then thousands.
By early September, enough people had joined Thunberg’s climate strike in Stockholm that she announced she would continue every Friday until Sweden aligned with the Paris Agreement. The Fridays for Future movement was born. By the end of 2018, tens of thousands of students across Europe began skipping school on Fridays to protest their own leaders’ inaction. In January, 35,000 schoolchildren protested in Belgium following Thunberg’s example. The movement struck a chord. When a Belgian environmental minister insulted the strikers, a public outcry forced her to resign.
By September 2019, the climate strikes had spread beyond northern Europe. In New York City, 250,000 reportedly marched in Battery Park and outside City Hall. In London, 100,000 swarmed the streets near Westminster Abbey, in the shadow of Big Ben. In Germany, a total of 1.4 million people took to the streets, with thousands flooding the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and marching in nearly 600 other cities and towns across the country. From Antarctica to Papua New Guinea, from Kabul to Johannesburg, an estimated 4 million people of all ages showed up to protest. Their signs told a story. In London: The World is Hotter than Young Leonardo DiCaprio. In Turkey: Every Disaster Movie Starts with a Scientist Being Ignored. In New York: The Dinosaurs Thought They Had Time, Too. Hundreds carried images of Thunberg or painted her quotes onto poster boards. Make the World Greta Again became a rallying cry.