Savannah Dahan

Savannah is a nine years old Deaf performance artist who was born with moderate to severe hearing loss. Her parents and siblings are all Deaf, and use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. At an early age, Savannah's parents exposed her to music through the beautiful art of sign language. Since then, she has signed a number of top chart hits, starting with Carrie Underwood's "The Champion"that amassed more than 10 million views within a week and resulted in Carrie Underwood inviting Savannah to her October 4th concert. She was featured on CBS, NBC, and ABC's "Good Morning America," to name a few. 
 
When she is not performing renditions for music covers, she spends extreme time advocating for the marine environment and the life in it. Earlier this year, she began using her platforms on social media through Facebook  and Instagram to educate the Deaf community through her weekly video blog series in American Sign Language, appropriately titled, "Marine Mondays," earning her a total of 35,000-plus followers. During "Marine Mondays" she takes the opportunity to provide one-minute interesting facts about the marine environment, animals, pollution, and how we can become better stewards for marine conservation. She has done videos where she showed her followers ASL signs for different marine creatures, and how to protect coral reefs by using reef-safe sunscreen products. She especially caught their attention by sharing facts about sea turtles including naming the seven extant species of sea turtles in the world, and advised her followers to knock down sandcastles and fill in manmade holes on the beach prior to leaving for the day during the nesting season so that sea turtle nesters and their hatchlings would not be obstructed. During Plastic Free July, she worked on and posted a few videos encouraging everyone to switch over to using reusable water bottles after learning the severity of single-use plastics and its negative effects on our planet and the life in it.
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When you observe Savannah in her element, you cannot help but feel inspired she will undeniably become one of our leaders for the next generation of marine conservationists, carrying along with them "waves of progress" to our ocean planet.