Hannah Testa, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day Outreach

Believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, Plastic Pollution Awareness Day was created by Hannah4Change, an organization founded by 14-year-old Hannah Testa of Cumming GA. Recognizing that there is little general awareness on the devastating effects of plastic pollution on animals and our environment, she partnered with Georgia State Senator Michael Williams to declare February 15, 2017 as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day throughout the state.

This event is a great opportunity for citizens to learn more about the dangers of disposable plastic products on human health and the environment. It is also a great opportunity for residents and businesses to commit to at least one way to reduce plastic consumption, particularly with plastic bags, bottles, and straws. This grant will help Hannah4Change publicize and market this event as well as to continue her educational outreach to as many Georgian citizens and businesses as possible with the hope that Georgia ultimately becomes one of the “greenest states” in the nation.

Although Hannah is only 14 years old, she has already been working on environmental issues for some time. After meeting Youth Environmental Hub Team Member Charles Orgbon at a conference, he has worked with her as a mentor over the past few years. When given the opportunity to support projects in his network with flow fund grants, Charles immediately thought of Hannah and her work and will be mentoring Hannah through the course of her work.