Time magazine has chosen Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate crisis activist, as person of the year.
Thunberg, 16, is the youngest individual to be recognized. She gained international attention for excoriating world leaders for their inaction in the climate crisis in a viral speech she made at the UN Climate Action Summit in September.
But with over 8 million followers, has Greta truly had an impact on the ways in which her fellow Gen Zers feel about climate change?
Solar Simplified recently conducted a survey that showcased where exactly this age group’s perception lies when it comes to our environmental crisis, and what they are willing to do about it.
Some highlights include:
- 94% of Gen Z believe in climate change, and 70% think we are in crisis
- 66% said they believe they personally contribute to environmental issues
- 57% said as of recent, they believe that they have adequate knowledge into how to help combat climate change
- 84% are interested in educating themselves on how to help
In an article announcing the choice, TIME states “Greta Thunberg sits in silence in the cabin of the boat that will take her across the Atlantic Ocean. Inside, there’s a cow skull hanging on the wall, a faded globe, a child’s yellow raincoat. Outside, it’s a tempest: rain pelts the boat, ice coats the decks, and the sea batters the vessel that will take this slight girl, her father and a few companions from Virginia to Portugal. For a moment, it’s as if Thunberg were the eye of a hurricane, a pool of resolve at the center of swirling chaos. In here, she speaks quietly. Out there, the entire natural world seems to amplify her small voice, screaming along with her.