15-Year-Old Hannah Testa Spearheads Second Annual Plastic Pollution Awareness Day

Environmental activist Hannah Testa, age 15, founder of Hannah4Change, partnered with Georgia State Senators for the second annual Plastic Pollution Awareness Day on Feb. 15, 2018. Hannah, a PPC Youth Ambassador, has used her voice to speak up for animals and the environment since kindergarten. 

In preparation for the second annual Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, Hannah worked with Georgia State Senators and environmental advocates Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) and Renee Unterman (R-Buford) to develop and co-sponsor a resolution which educates Georgians about the growing plastic pollution crisis. The resolution was read on the Senate floor on the morning of Feb. 15, and Hannah delivered an impassioned speech to all 56 senators about the need to continue to work together to solve the planet's most daunting challenges.

"The average American uses 500 plastic bags each year, and the U.S. uses 500 million plastic straws each day that end up polluting our oceans," said Hannah, whose goal is to educate her community about how simple changes can greatly reduce the state's plastic footprint on the earth.

Her call to action is for Georgia residents and businesses to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic products and switch to reusable bags at the grocery store, reusable water bottles, and using paper, glass, or stainless-steel straws at restaurants.

"We are honored to support Hannah as she takes Plastic Pollution Awareness Day and turns it into a call to action," said PPC co-founder and CEO Dianna Cohen. "Bravo, Hannah!"

Senator Orrock called Hannah an example of a caring citizen taking action. "Our Plastic Pollution Awareness Day is an effort to step up the education of the public and show people how they can make a difference. I want to encourage and support young activists like Hannah who bring their talents and commitment to protect our planet for future generations."