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'TIME' Names Greta Thunberg a Next Generation Leader, and She Shares the Secret to Her Success


16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg made TIME's 2019 list of 100 Most Influential People earlier this year, so it's no surprise that the magazine also named her one of 2019's 10 Next Generation Leaders as well. TIME announced those who made the cut on Thursday, May 16, and Greta was one of only two honorees to receive a magazine cover (the other was actress and activist Tessa Thompson). And Greta's cover story makes one thing very clear: Greta is not going anywhere.

The world first noticed Greta last August, when she began striking from school to sit outside the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, in order to raise awareness for the climate crisis. The teenager has done so every Friday since then, and she's also managed to fit in a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, as well as speeches and meetings all over Europe (by train — Greta and her family have sworn off air travel due to its high environmental impact).