Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Breakthrough Jew – Hannah Alper

This 10-year old eco-blogger inspires and educates people of all ages.

By: Anthony Marcusa

Published: May 2nd, 2013 in Culture » Society » News

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Name: Hannah Alper

Age: 10

Hometown: Toronto

Breakthrough Cred: Youth eco-blogger activist

Too often, the problems created by one generation of adults and the subsequent issues left unattended are dropped at the feet of future generations to address, and likely too late. Children have much at stake in global issues, especially when it comes to the environment, yet they don’t have a voice in government, and can be made to be left helpless as adults try and fix the issue.

Hannah Alper is not waiting around.

Since the then nine-year-old created a blog to raise awareness about global environmental issues and stir people to act, young Alper has been inspiring and influential, making her voice heard in a world where too often activists, and especially children, are drowned out.

Alper’s blog, Call Me Hannah, named after Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song from the summer of 2012, is only less than a year old. In June 2012, Alper attended a three-hour Word Press workshop at The Digital Family Summit in Philadelphia, used her newly acquired knowledge to create her blog, and less than two months later, hit a staggering mark of 100,000 views.

Since then, Alper has popped up all over television and media, becoming a spokesperson – spokesgirl?-for environmental issues that can be ameliorated through simple, everyday causes.

For Earth Hour 2013, Alper initiated her STOP, START AND CONTINUE campaign, a concept that identifies which acts we as individuals should curtail, which we should begin, and which we should constantly be doing. Her recommendations are simple, yet effective. For example, she urges people to stop using washing machines during peak hours as well as shying away from disposable cups and cutlery. She wants us to all start and continue recycling, composting, and learn about eco-friendly products, environmental activists, and endangered animals.

Well-spoken, charming, and dedicated, Alper’s casual yet determined style of writing is engaging without being pretentious or aggressive, two traits that are sometimes used to describe eco-activists. She is approachable and warm, kindly asking of people to alter some facets of their life that truly aren’t particularly arduous. Her cutely designed website is a mix of writing, pictures, and videos, and her infectious passion and excitement is palpable in her work.

Find out more about Hannah Alper on page 2!

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