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Young environmentalist wants a greener Forsyth



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Hannah Testa, 11, is hosting the "Plastic Paradise" documentary at 2 p.m. on May 4 at the Post Road Library in Cumming. (click for larger version)
April 13, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — A precocious 11-year-old Kelly Mill Elementary student is leading the way to change people’s minds and hearts when it comes to their use of plastic.

Hannah Testa, 11, has always been interested in the environment and animal causes, said her mother, Farida Testa.

Hannah’s current goal is to make Forsyth County the greenest county in the region.

She’s even organized an event at 2 p.m. May 4 at the Forsyth County Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, to show the documentary “Plastic Paradise.”

Hannah will have the producer of the documentary, Angela Sun, use Skype to answer the audience’s questions after the screening.

Hannah is currently raising awareness and talking to anyone who will listen about what she calls “a growing crisis.”

She is also trying to pair up with other “green” organizations across the globe to raise awareness.

A Video Hannah and her friends and teachers put together to raise awareness about plastic.
She has produced a short video on YouTube called “Sending an SOS to the World (Plastic Pollution)” that featured some of her friends and teachers at Kelly Mill Elementary.

“Plastic is like diamonds,” Hannah said. “It is here on our planet forever.”

Hannah is concerned that a lot of single-use plastic products, including supermarket bags, straws, cups and bottles, will eventually end up in the ocean and kill marine life.

Over 100,000 marine mammals and about 1 million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The average American uses 500 plastic bags per year, Hannah said.

“And 1 billion plastic straws are used in the world each day,” she said.

Only a small percentage of the plastic consumed in the world is recycled.

To attend the May 4 “Plastic Paradise” documentary screening, register at the Forsyth County Library website, www.forsythpl.org, as space is limited to 100 guests.

Actions that Hannah Testa recommends:

1. Take reusable bags to the store.

2. Refuse plastic straws or use glass, stainless steel or paper straws.

3. Avoid plastic water bottles and fill up stainless steel bottles.

FH 04-16-14

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