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. And now, we can add Co-Host of Free The Children’s North American We Day Tour to her work.
Hannah created her blog, CallMeHannah.ca, at age nine to share her growing knowledge and concern for the environment. Always an animal-lover, she made 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 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 in her blog as she explores eco-friendly living, fair trade, bullying, the importance of clean water and education 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 written words into actions and is an impassioned public speaker. She organized a Shoreline Cleanup in her community; became a World Wildlife Federation (WWF) Earth Hour Team Captain and is the official “eco-blogger” for the JUNO Awards. In 2012 she was one of 24 students who received the Student Success Award from the York Region District School Board. She was also a judge in The City of Toronto’s first-ever Green Awards, and is currently filming PSAs with Earth Day Canada. Hannah was also named one of the 49 people who made Toronto a better place by Toronto's The Grid Magazine, was on the cover of Post Newspapers 20 People Under 20 issue, and Canadian Jewish News’ 24 People In The World Who Make a Difference.
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. She joined Spencer West and Neverest as a feature speaker on the We Create Change Tour traveling from coast to coast across Canada. 10 weeks, 90 stops, 1 epic tour staging a show at schools and to celebrate with students and teachers the powerful change being made in communities and schools across the country.
In her spare time Hannah enjoys going to the movies and concerts, hanging out with her friends, riding her bike and playing with her dog, Indigo. She is an Honour Role student and has her Brown Belt in karate.
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.”