Greta Thunberg Makes TIME's List Of Women Who Will Change The World

'Young people across the world have followed her path, striking and marching to make clear to adults and decision-makers that this is a true emergency'
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'This is an existential crisis' (Photo: TIME and Anders Hellberg)

'This is an existential crisis' (Photo: TIME and Anders Hellberg)

Teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has made it onto TIME Magazine's list of 15 women who will change the world.

The upcoming issue, 2050: How Earth Changed, is dedicated to the 'biggest crisis facing our planet' - climate change. The United Nations estimates that of all those displaced by climate change, 80 percent are women.

'Diverse perspectives' 

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, TIME editor in chief and CEO, Edward Felsenthal, said: "What you will not find in this issue are climate-change skeptics. Core to our mission is bringing together diverse perspectives.

"Experts can and should debate the best route to mitigating the effects of climate change, but there is no serious doubt that those effects are real. We are witnessing them right in front of us. The science on global warming is settled. There isn't another side, and there isn't another moment."

'A true emergency'

Senior Reporter Suyin Haynes, who wrote Thunberg's description on TIME's website, said: "In 2018, then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg started a school strike in Sweden to draw attention to the climate crisis, and since then her message has spread—despite her avoidance of air travel because of its high carbon emissions.

"Young people across the world have followed her path, striking and marching to make clear to adults and decision-makers that this is a true emergency...

"In late August, she landed in the U.S. after a 15-day boat trip across the Atlantic, and she has plans for a months-long tour of the Americas—with a zero-carbon footprint. 'This is an existential crisis that is going to affect our whole civilization, the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced', she says. 'I'm not planning to stop this movement, and I don't think anyone else is either'."

The climate issue also features a piece from celebrity actress Angelina Jolie on why we must help vulnerable Pacific Islanders - and an article from conservationist Jane Goodall on the five reasons she has hope the planet isn't doomed.

TIME's Special Climate Issue, 2050: How Earth Survived, goes on sale on September 13