Hannah Alper is a 12-year-old activist who began blogging at age nine to share her growing knowledge and concern for the environment.
Hannah, whose blog explores topics including eco-friendly living, bullying and child labour, is confident before a crowd and on either side of the camera, having interviewed the likes of Craig Kielburger and Severn Suzuki.
An engaged global citizen, she believes that even the smallest things add up to make a real difference.
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Keynote Topic[accordion] [ac title=”One Starfish at a Time: A Simple Equation to Change the World”] Through her keynote presentation, Hannah demonstrates that through the application of a simple formula, issue + gift = change, we are all empowered to make a difference in our communities and in the world. She gives practical, hands-on examples of how to take action every day and introduces some of her role-models (some of them younger than her) to prove her point. As a young activist who has explored issues that include the environment, clean water and the need for inclusivity, she shares her learnings that are wise for any age. Audiences will walk away from Hannah’s keynote motivated to give back by the time she wraps up (if not sooner).
Hannah Alper has been called many things—an eco-warrior, a change-maker and an activist. She’s also been called the future of social media. At 12 years old, she is all of these things.
Hannah launched her blog, CallMeHannah.ca, at age nine to share her growing knowledge and concern for the environment. A lover of animals since she was a young girl, she began to make the connection between animals and the effects of environmental destruction on their habitats and lives. Her blog began out of her desire to help and to inspire others to join her in believing that the little things that we can all do add up to make a big difference.
Hannah has become an engaged global citizen seeking to deepen her understanding and connection to the world. Hannah’s journey comes to life through her blog and social media engagement as she explores social action and responsibility. She seeks inspiration and motivation from those who have come before her and regularly features their stories on her blog.
Hannah also turns her written words into actions and is an impassioned public speaker. She has organized a Shoreline Cleanup in her community, became a World Wildlife Federation (WWF) Earth Hour Team Captain and is the Deputy Prime Minister of the Student Parliament at her school. Hannah lends her voice to organizations that she is passionate about and has become an Ambassador for ByStander Revolution – a movement founded to provide peer-to-peer advice and resources to diffuse bullying. In 2012 she was one of 24 students who received the Student Success Award from the York Region District School Board.
Hannah has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action. She is a ME to WE Motivational Speaker and Free The Children Ambassador. She is proud to have shared the story of one of her role models, Malala Yousafzai, throughout the 2013/2014 WE Day season across North America. For the 2014/2015 WE Day season Hannah co-hosted the Social Empowerment session and spoke to the need for inclusivity and encouraged her peers to stand up to bullying. In the spring of 2014 Hannah joined Spencer West as a feature speaker on the We Create Change Tour traveling from coast to coast across Canada, staging a show at schools and to celebrate with students and teachers the powerful change being made in communities across the country.
Through her own search for role models, Hannah has become a role model herself. In her quest to “be the change,” Hannah continues to demonstrate that when passion meets action, there is no such thing as “too young.