Time Magazine announced today that Greta Thunberg is Person of the Year for 2019 and based solely on her actions while she was in Montreal, we knew she was, in fact, the Person of the Year.\nFind out all about Greta's influence on Montreal below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nTime Magazine announced today that Greta Thunberg is Person of the Year for 2019. During this year, she continued her School Strike for Climate, which sparked students and non-students across the globe to do the same.\nShe crossed the Atlantic by boat. She reportedly drove Arnold Schwarzenegger's car to Montreal from New York City. She spoke at the U.N. and inspired millions around the globe to demand action from their governments. Having watched Thunberg march through Montreal myself, I can say that, even then, she had already shown she was 2019's Person of the Year.\nGreta entered my life the way she likely did for many others, when I saw her Instagram photo circulating around the Internet, with a caption that read:\n"We children usually do not do as you tell us to do, we do as you do. And since you adults shit on my future, so do I. I'm striking for the climate until the election day."\nThe girl with braided hair and a stark white sign that read "SKOLSTREJK FÖR KLIMATET" in large black letters.\nThe girl that led over half a million people through downtown Montreal to demand action from our politicians no later than now.\nEven in March of 2018, Greta's activism had managed to pull at least 65,000 Quebec students from their classrooms and onto the street to take part in what had become a global "School Strike for Climate."\nView this post on Instagram Canada! See you tomorrow at the strike!#climatestrike #fridaysforfuture A post shared by Greta Thunberg (@gretathunberg) on Sep 26, 2019 at 5:08pm PDT\nSo when she finally announced she would be joining the climate strike in Montreal, planned by local Quebec activists on September 27, 2019, even more students sat up in their seats and felt the burning desire to protest.\nIt was a burning desire fueled by the rising temperature of the planet, a heat that had the students shouting.\n"On est plus chaud, plus chaud, plus chaud que le climat."\nWe're hotter, hotter, hotter than the planet.\nAnd by hotter, they meant steaming mad.\nREAD ALSO: 60+ Photos Of The Best Signs & Historic Crowds At The Montreal Climate Strike\nThunberg has continued to speak through other young people, other students her age, who have taken up her message and her passion. Students who now march through their own streets demanding more of their own governments.\nBut she also speaks on their behalf, when she makes visits to the United Nations, demanding, "How dare you?" Or when she denies accolades in order to focus on getting real action.\nView this post on Instagram School strike. Week 58 Montréal. #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate A post shared by Greta Thunberg (@gretathunberg) on Sep 27, 2019 at 9:41am PDT\nWe saw this when she was in Montreal, too.\nIn a rare turn of events, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was present at the Montreal Climate Strike, participating in a protest that was fundamentally against his own government.\nMany students were outraged by his presence and even implored him not to come.\nThunberg used her time in Montreal to insist that Trudeau, like many leaders, was "of course [...] not doing enough."\nCompare this to Thunberg's willingness to accept the key to the city here in Montreal, where she spent time with our mayor, Valérie Plante.\nYesterday I received the key to the city of Montréal by the mayor Valérie Plante. I am incredibly honoured by this, and so thankful for the reception I’ve been given here in Québec!Posted by Greta Thunberg on Saturday, September 28, 2019\nThere's no question that Plante and Thunberg saw eye-to-eye, as Plante has proven herself to be one of the most dedicated municipal leaders when it comes to drafting drastic and necessary legislature regarding environmentalism.\nPlante was one of only three municipal leaders allowed to speak at the U.N. Climate Action Summit, where she promised to reduce, by 2030, Montreal's emissions by 55%.\nView this post on Instagram Heading into Montréal! Hundreds of thousands of people #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture #klimatstrejk A post shared by Greta Thunberg (@gretathunberg) on Sep 27, 2019 at 10:28am PDT\nAfter Greta's visit to Montreal, we saw mayor Valerie Plante committed to a complete overhaul of Ville-Marie, one of Montreal busiest downtown hubs.\nSince then, Montrealers have learned of plans for a park eight times bigger than New York's Central Park, and a borough with no cars.\nWhile credit goes to Plante and Plante alone for the hard work that has been done to make Montreal a leader in green cities while she has been mayor, Greta's impact on the young people living here is unquestionable.\nIt was clear to me since her visit here that Greta Thunberg is absolutely 2019's Person of the Year, because she spent the whole year thinking about the future, and not just her own.