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Hometown News: Local teen earns international award for environmental work
Hannah Testa
Hannah Testa - photo by For the FCN

Forsyth County resident Hannah Testa was one of 19 youth from nine countries to be named a 2018 International Young Eco-Hero by the environmental organization Action for Nature, for her work to end plastic pollution in Georgia and beyond.

The 15-year-old has gained prominence for her efforts to educate others about the environmental impact of single-use plastics and to bring about behavioral change. 

She has spoken to government officials, businesses and others, ranging from Forsyth County commissioners and Kelly Mill Elementary School students to the United Nations Festival for Ocean Health in New York City, and secured a proclamation from the state of Georgia designating Feb. 15, 2017, as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day. 

Established in 2003, the International Young Eco-Hero Awards recognize people ages 8-16 who are taking important steps to solve tough environmental problems.

With the award, Testa will attend the 2018 Eco-Hero Conference at Google’s San Francisco offices and via Google Hangout on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon (PT) that will be streamed on YouTube Live.