“This day will make Georgians aware of the impact plastic pollution has on our environment,” said Testa. “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. By 2050, plastics in the ocean will outweigh the fish, and plastic pollution kills countless birds and sea animals, contributes to coral reef decline and shows up in our food chain.”
Testa’s goal is to educate Georgians that simple changes can greatly reduce the state’s plastic footprint. Her call to action is for Georgia residents and businesses to reduce consumption of single-use plastic products on this day and perhaps all year round. Other options include using reusable bags at the grocery store and using paper, glass or stainless-steel straws at restaurants.
Several organizations across the U.S. are supporting Hannah and her efforts, including Captain Planet Foundation and Plastic Pollution Coalition. “We are honored to support Hannah as she takes Plastic Pollution Awareness Day and turns it into a call to action”, states Dianna Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Orrock said, “As plastic pollution threatens to permeate the planet, caring citizens must take 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.”
Hannah Testa is a 15 year old honors student from Cumming, GA. She is not just an ordinary teen. While she loves her friends, family, art, and soccer, she is passionate about issues that affect our planet and she has been using her confidence and influence since a young age to educate others, as she believes that "knowledge is power".
She is incredibly passionate about animals and environmental issues that have an impact on wildlife. From kindergarten she has utilized her leadership skills to teach and influence others, and has truly become a voice for those that do not have a voice, including rhinos, elephants, horses, bears, dolphins, chimps, and orcas. Hannah has presented to thousands of adults and children across the world - as well as local, state, and international government official - on plastic pollution and practical ways residents can reduce their plastic footprint. Hannah’s ability to see problems and provide practical solutions that are so convincing is extraordinary, and she plans to continue to be a positive influence for youth (and adults too) and inspire people that even small changes can make a huge difference in our world.
For more information, visit https://www.hannah4change.org/
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