Reading Comprehension | Greta Thunberg, TIME's Person of the Year 2019

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Who is Greta Thunberg

Greta ThunbergGreta Thunberg, born on 3rd January 2003, is a Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition. Together with many students around the world, Greta launched a school climate strike movement known as "Fridays for Future". After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, she inspired students worldwide to adhere to her movement.  In 2019, there were at least two coordinated multi-city protests involving over one million students each. At home, Thunberg convinced her parents to adopt several lifestyle choices to reduce their carbon footprint, including giving up air travel and not eating meat.


Her sudden rise to world fame has made her a leader and a target. President Jair Bolsonaro called her a "brat" after she expressed concern about the killing of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Greta reacted by slightly changing her Twitter bio to "Pirralha", which means ‘brat’ in Portuguese. Vladimir Putin criticized her as "poorly informed" while Donald rump mocked her by tweeting:

"She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"

The person of the year

In May 2019, Thunberg was featured on the cover of Time magazine, which named her a "next-generation leader" and noted that many see her as a role model. The magazine chose her as the person of the year and quoted her saying in front of television cameras:

"People are underestimating the force of angry kids… We are angry and frustrated, and that is because of good reason. If they want us to stop being angry then maybe they should stop making us angry."

Other honors and awards

Greta has been the recipient of several honors and awards. In addition to being chosen as the youngest person to be chosen by Time magazine in a tradition that started in 1927 and named her one of the 100 most influential people, she was also nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has received other honors and awards such as fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The school strike movement was also featured in a 30-minute Vice documentary titled Make the World Greta Again. Some media have described her impact on the world stage as the "Greta Thunberg effect".

Source: Wikipedia


  1. Greta Thunberg and her followers skipped school on Fridays
    a. True
    b. False
  2. Greta and her parents have become vegetarian.
    a. True
    b. False
  3. She often travels by plane to attend world climate events.
    a. True
    b. False
  4. Leaders of the world received her movement favorably.
    a. True
    b. False

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