Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has been named Person of the Year by Time magazine, prompting praise and mockery over the pick.
Thunberg, who is 16, won international attention earlier this year when she appeared at a United Nations conference and scolded the body for allowing the planet to die and, soon after, the human race, too.
"People are dying. Entire eco-systems are collapsing,” she warned. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.”
She then delivered her now-famous line – “How dare you!” – that made Thunberg a hero among climate activists and an Internet meme to critics who "praised" her well-rehearsed speech.
Thunberg, who is from Sweden, is part of the Fridays for Future movement in which students take time from school to address climate change.
"Wow, this is unbelievable," Thunberg tweeted Wednesday after learning she won the Time recognition. "I share this great honour with everyone in the Fridays For Future movement and climate activists everywhere."
Author and JunkScience.com founder Steve Milloy, who is a climate change skeptic, says Thunberg is being used as a puppet and Time, meanwhile, is using its annual award to push its climate agenda.
"Children die every day from malnutrition, and malnutrition is a preventable problem,” he observes, “but the world is not really addressing that because all this attention and money is going to climate.”
If you ask Milloy, climate change and the push to address it is really about power.
"They hope that Greta the climate puppet,” he says, “is going to help them get it."