Hannah Alper is an 11-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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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 11 years old, she is all of these things.
Hannah created her blog CallMeHannah.ca at age nine to share her growing knowledge and concern for the environment. An avid animal-lover, she made the connection between animals and the effects of environmental destruction on their habitats and lives.
Hannah has become an engaged global citizen seeking to deepen her own understanding and connection to the world. Believing that even the smallest things we do add up to make a difference, Hannah’s journey comes to life in her blog. She explores eco-friendly living, fair trade, bullying, the importance of clean water and the devastation of child labour, among other topics. She seeks inspiration and motivation from those who have come before her and regularly features their stories on her blog.
Hannah also turns her words into actions. She organized a shoreline cleanup in her community; became a World Wildlife Federation (WWF) Earth Hour Team Captain 2013 and spoke at the WWFs Earth Hour event in Toronto; was the official “eco-blogger” for the JUNO Awards; and helped launch Free The Children’s We Create Change campaign – with impassioned speeches that motivated her peers to collect 97,500 pennies for clean water projects.
An effective communicator, Hannah is confident on either side of the camera and in front of a crowd. She has honed her skills as an interviewer by conducting interviews with the likes of Craig Kielburger, Spencer West and Severn Suzuki. She has appeared on Canada AM, The Marilyn Dennis Show, APP Central, CBC’s Fresh Air and The George Stroumboulopoulos Show.
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.”