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Saturday, November 17, 2012

MISS EARTH NEPAL 2012 - Nagma Shrestha

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NEPAL
Nagma Shrestha

Miss Nepal

Age: 21
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 132 lbs
Measurements: 35"-26"-37"
Profession: Television Host

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

Being Miss Earth Nepal, I am already involved in an array of different environmental projects with several organizations. In addition I am doing my part to promote awareness of environmental issues as the goodwill ambassador of International Union for Conservation of Nature. As I am already part of TV shows, I aspire to start and run a TV show focused not only in raising environmental issues and concerns, but bringing together different environmental experts to provide solutions to address and resolve them. In keeping with my belief that each of us has to be responsible in our own way, however small or big, in protecting our environment and ensuring a sustainable, healthy mother earth, my show will enable people to share their environmental initiative by posting videos, documentaries and sharing stories of their successes and challenges while pursuing such endeavors. As I’ve stated before my main target group will be women and the youth, for I firmly believe that in Nepal it is this group that will be the catalyst for positive environmental change in the days ahead. I believe awareness is the first step that leads to change and I will use the success of the Community Forest initiative as a cornerstone to strengthen the belief that we can make a difference. I plan to use the success of the Community Forest project to raise the awareness and belief amongst women and the youth in Nepal, that if we each individually commit to protecting the environment in which we live and exist, then collectively as a nation we will create an environment in which will safe for mother earth.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

I represent Nepal, a nation that embodies the depth of the very soul of humanity, being the birth place of Gautam Buddha, and is the home of the highest point in the world, Mount Everest. I feel my country is a “Nation of Hope”. Even though my country has gone through much political turmoil in the last 10 years, hope for a better tomorrow has made Nepal a fertile place for a beautiful today and a prosperous tomorrow. Nepal covers only 0.1% of the total land in the world yet we are blessed with immense geographical diversity. Even though we are landlocked between India and China, we have uniquely diverse terrain ranging from fertile plains and broad valleys to being the home of eight of the world's ten highest peaks. My nation is a culturally rich country in heritage and history immersed in thousands of years of tradition. Nepal is home to 10 World Heritage Sites recognized by the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and these sites are both manmade and natural. We are truly a nation that reflects unity in diversity being the home of more than 100 ethnic groups with their own unique culture, language and attire, and above all each being proud to be Nepali before all else. We are also a young country with over 70% of our population being under the age of 35. And of course unlike all other flags in the world that are rectangular, our national flag is uniquely shaped as two triangles out together. To sum it up my Nepal is a true example that, “Great things do come in small packages”.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

Whenever I think of the happy days of my early childhood I remember a story my grandmother used to tell me of two love birds, who lived in the same tree, and over the years their friendship blossomed into in love which finally culminated in their marriage. And the best part of the story for me was that I was the blessed princess of the same couple. As a child I was fortunate to be raised in a home full of love and care, not just from my parents but also from the other seven members of my extended family. Growing up in a joint family I learned early on the value of utilizing every resource to its fullest, wasting of little as possible and reusing whatever we could recycle. I was fortunate to have spent my formative years in a loving, caring environment, within a family that nurtured my curiosity and gave me room to learn and grow. The values that I hold dearest today are those that I cultivated during my pre teen years. I truly believe that it is because of these years of building a strong foundation that I am able to represent my nation proudly in an international pageant as MISS EARTH.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

Little did I realize then that the lessons that I was learning everyday from my family would become the core of the person I am today. Today my home extends to my neighborhood, my city, my nation and our Earth as a whole and the value of using only what I need, preserving what I can and sharing with others is the Mantra by which I live my life. Furthermore, I remember my classmates, seniors and even juniors teasing me about my height, for I was already 5'7" when I was merely 12 years old, in a nation where the average height of a woman is 5’4”. But I did not let that weaken my confidence. Instead, I believe, it cultivated in me an inner belief that it is not what others say of me that matters, but what I thought of myself. And this belief gave me the strength to prove what I am, what I'm capable of, and to consistently stand firm in my beliefs and values, no matter what people thought of me. Yes, it has not always been easy to do so but I have always believed that we just need to stay strong outside and inside and above else all always have faith in oneself!


What is your most memorable moment?

This particular question has kept me in a dilemma for a long time now for I look at life not in terms of just big memorable moments but as a journey filled with countless tiny moments of joy and fulfillment. For instance, my dad dropping me to school and bidding me farewell after I stop crying, of course, my mom massaging my hair every weekend, tucking myself in between my parents in bed, the treasured moments spent hearing stories from my grandmother and many more. But if I had to recall one specific moment, it was when I came out first in my college speech competition. My parents were not just over-whelmed with happiness, but literally had tears in their eyes for til then I had always been an introvert, silent child, who hardly speak in public. That moment is memorable for me because firstly it made me believe that with effort I could achieve tasks that I had thought were beyond my abilities and reach. And secondly because I realized that the success from my efforts gave those near and dear to me far more joy than it gave me, and seeing them elated with my efforts gave me such fulfillment that nothing else can give.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

I plan to continue to be an advocate for the enhanced role and involvement of women in environmental projects in my home country Nepal. My major focus in doing this will be in ‘Community-based-Forests’, where I am involved in enhancing the awareness in women and through them the family and society at large on how to best preserve and utilize our forests in a sustainable manner so as to achieve the dual objective of ensuring that the forests continue to provide fuel and livelihood to the women and their communities, as well as ensuring the regeneration and preservation of our forests which are not only a national but a global asset of mother earth. Like many countries around the world my nation Nepal is also male dominated. However I strongly believe that women are and should continue to be the main movers in raising awareness of environmental issues. Because even in a male dominated society not only is there a woman behind every man's success, but the same goes for the success of her children. Hence, educating and raising the awareness levels in women will enable them to raise awareness in her family. Therefore I will focus my efforts in leading the women towards fostering forests for the community living in and around it. I plan to call this community forest advocacy initiative: “Mothers for Mother Earth”.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

The tip I would like to share is what I learned from my family as a child, “Use only what you need and do your best to give back more than what you use.” To ensure sustainable energy for all, I believe that each of us has to be conscious of the energy we are consuming and always try to find ways to optimize our energy consumption at home and at work. Along with this, each of us has to actively implement effective recycling, use of environmental friendly products, and other means to generate sustainable energy. While the need to promote sustainable energy may be a global issue, I truly believe that the solution has to start with us individually. Now is the time to act and take initiative rather than just going about declaring our advocacies. So I would like to request everyone to be more aware and start now from your families to promote sustainable energy. I am doing my bit. Are you?


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

Nepal is a nation going through transition. We have just been through an armed revolution that lasted over a decade in which thousands lost their lives. Now having cast aside a century old monarchy we are in the process of writing a new constitution as a Republic. Through all this change, chaos and conflict a vast majority of Nepali youth lose hope in our motherland, as millions choose to migrate across the world. Those who were hit hardest in most cases were the girls and women, many of whom live and work with little or no dignity and hope left. I come to Miss Earth with the aspiration and hope of wearing the crown not only for myself but to also give my sisters across my motherland a ray of hope, a glimmer of a smile, a drop of joy in knowing that even in the midst of all this pain and suffering one of us has managed to make a mark. I want my participation and performance in Miss Earth to be a spark of ‘Hope’ to millions who have nothing to be hopeful for.

MISS EARTH MONGOLIA 2012 - Battsetseg Turbat

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MONGOLIA
Battsetseg Turbat

Miss Mongolia

Age: 21
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Weight: 121 lbs
Measurements: 33"-23"-35"
Profession: Model and Student

MISS EARTH MOLDOVA 2012 - Aliona Chitoroaga

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MOLDOVA
Aliona Chitoroaga

Miss Moldova

Age: 24
Height: 5 feet 7 1/2 inches
Weight: 116 lbs
Measurements: 34"-24"-35"
Profession: Model

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

The Two Billion Trees Campaign will create an opportunity to demonstrate around the world one of the ways in which we all can play an active part in caring for the environment. This campaign will have a website, and any person who want to participate can log on to the website and pledge the number of trees they will plant, and then confirm this pledge once they have planted the trees, and upload the photos for confirmation. Planting trees can have many positive impacts on the environment including providing food and habitat for wildlife, cleaning the air, reducing soil erosion, helping to purify water, storing carbon and helping to reduce global warming and improving the general appearance of the landscape. Every tree counts!

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

Moldova is a wonderful country with the most hospitable people, with delicious cuisine and beautifull traditions, I'm proud to know that Moldovan production is well known worldwide, especially our Wines. Even the Queen of England has many exclusive bottles in her private collection. I'm also proud with the unique places that we have which make Moldova an Unbelievable destination for tourists.
-Our underground Cellars that measure hundreds of kilometres are among the biggest in the world.
- Our Chestnut Avenue, which is the longest in the world.
-Our Natural Forests (Codri) that Cover the bigger part of the Country's territory.
-And the thing that I am most proud of are our people who keep being positive no matter what crisis, political instability or natural disasters, nothing can break down the Moldovan soul. We’ll keep on going to a better future!

Describe your childhood/growing years:

I grew up in a family not too large, my parents, me and my sister. I had a very interesting and “loaded” childhood. I tried to attend all the events that were organized at the school. I was involved with education, fun and charity. Some of my extracurricular activities: dancing (3 years), painting, acrobatics, volunteering (Red Cross, Stop AIDS), etc. As a child, I had a passion for modeling, so I went to “good manners” courses. I was successful everywhere, which I think I couldn’t do without now!


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

One thing I learned in my childhood is to share with others. I remember when I was a little child, I refused to share my toys and snacks with my friends. As a result, they were unwilling to play with me. I felt upset and cried for a few days. Finally, I learned the true meaning of sharing. Now I’d like to share my books, even my clothes with others. It has been valuable as I go through my life because I can hardly make any close friends without it. Also I’ve gained happiness. Another thing I learned is that nothing we assume to be real makes sense when we get older. Everything is turned upside down. "Cool kids" end up losers, "Geeks" end up being successful and desirable. Stuff we thought important is irrelevant. All this has taught me to never underestimate people and to believe that anyone is capable of anything. There are too many examples to cite to show relevance. I no longer judge people by their appearance but rather by their capabilities and accomplishments.


What is your most memorable moment?

I don't really have a single memorable moment, I live the life happily so every moment in it would be memorable. But the most different and more memorable time we can talk about is, the present days of my life as Miss Earth Moldova 2012, where I interact with people, and teach others about the health of our planet and our own health, about how to keep Mother Earth healthy for the future generations, etc.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

My environmental advocacy is to promote the "Clean air and water for our Mother Earth" lifestyle for all of us. Clean up of hazardous waste sites, safe drinking water, green technology, climate change, and renewable energy are the most important issues for all the regions of the Earth. As citizens become more aware of environmental threats, the field of environmental law will continue to grow and the postive results will be visible for all of us.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

Make noise! – for everyone to come together, refocus our energy, and demand for something to be done. Rally. March. Vote. Petition. All of us must do something. All these actions count, and if we make enough noise, we’ll not only be making a real impact in our communities, the environment, society and the popular consciousness about the health of our planet, the powers that be will be forced to pay attention. Mobilize all your friends and "Make noise"!


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

Having the honor to be a part of the big Miss Earth 2012 family, I would like to thank all the organizers of this special pageant for the opportunity to get to know the culture of the country consisting of 7,100 islands. I'm thankful for the chance to fully experience the beauty of the Philippine Islands that seems like a true natural paradise I strongly support the slogan of this pageant “beauties for a cause”, and really believe that together we can take action and do more to protect nature and to improve our environment. As a Moldovan writer once said: "From earth we come, in earth we go, WE ARE EARTH!” - It's karma, all our actions towards the environment (good or bad), someday, will affect us and our descendants. So we must do all we can for our future generations to live in a better Earth.

MISS EARTH MEXICO 2012 - Lourdes Paola Aguilar

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MEXICO
Lourdes Paola Aguilar

Miss Mexico

Age: 20
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 114 lbs
Measurements:
Profession:

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

It will be an ecological project which all citizens have to participate in because in this way we would all have responsibility for the environment.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

My country and my people make me feel proud of its music, culture, gasthonomy and its landscapes. Mexico is a magic country full of joy and entertainment. To promote my country, I invite everyone to come to Mexico and you will not regret.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

My childhood was very fun. I traveled a lot around my country with my family from other parts of Mexico. I loved all my family celebrations like Christmas, birthdays and all types of family activities. I love my family.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

I learned many values such as responsibility, honesty, humility and all the things that family taught me. Also at that stage of my life I learned to appreciate my family. In life you have to have goals and do everything possible to achieve them.


What is your most memorable moment?

It was when I was in school and the teacher asked us what we want to be when we are adults. I replied I wanted to be happy and do what I like and so far I have done everything to achieve it.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

Remove beach pollution. This aims to protect the environmental quality of beaches and raise levels of competitiveness of tourist destinations by the realization of contributions in favor of the environment.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

We must continue to be an example for others and preserve all forms of sustainable energy.


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

I just want to say thank you for creating this type of competition that is intended to protect the environment and this helps us to appreciate our planet that is where we all live.

MISS EARTH MALTA 2012 - Yasmin Falzon

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MALTA
Yasmin Falzon

Miss Malta

Age: 21
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 107 lbs
Measurements: 32"-26"-32"
Profession: Belly Dancer

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

Malta, being an island surrounded by sea, is becoming highly polluted with oil which will collect on our shores and beaches. My main aim would be beach cleaning campaigns

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

Malta is in the heart of the Mediterranean visited by several tourists every year. It is very small yet has a lot to offer. I am proud of the fact that we have our own language, our own culture together with a long history dating a number of years. Malta is full of historical sites, lovely beaches, amazing weather, friendly people and entertaining areas for all walks of life.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

I used to go to school, go to dancing lessons and play with my neighbor everyday. My parents started to separate at that time and I used to take care of my younger brother as well. It was a sad time but I stayed strong and pushed myself further in dance and drama.


What is your most memorable moment?

I’ve been participating for three consecutive years in Miss Earth Malta, always one of the top five. This year I was 2nd runner up and was given the opportunity to fulfill my dream-representing my country in Miss Earth.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

Malta, being an island surrounded by sea, is becoming highly polluted with oil which will collect on our shores and beaches, my main aim would be beach cleaning campaigns.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

To follow the three famous words. Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle not only in theory but also in practice.

MISS EARTH MALAYSIA 2012 - Deviyah Daranee

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MALAYSIA
Deviyah Daranee

Miss Malaysia

Age: 21
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Weight: 110 lbs
Measurements: 34"-26"-36"
Profession: Student

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

My environmental project will be to focus on conserving energy in my country and around the world. The sources of energy are incredibly limited and with the world growing prosperously with technology, the sources are more severely claimed. My country for example is blessed with plenty of sunshine and rain throughout the year and I want to be able to carry out this big project so that this gift of weather can be transmitted through solar powered systems and hydro powered systems, in turn reducing the usage of natural gases being harvested from the ground. This way, we can balance and restore the conditions of nature.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

I am blessed to be born in a peaceful country with so many riches and wonderful people, a land flowing with milk and honey. Firstly, I love the physical beauty of Malaysia like the valleys, the oldest rainforest in the world, the breathtaking islands, the abundant mountains, rivers, and of course the beautiful weather which creates the perfect combination. My country also inherits the historical heritage of the pre-independent period, and the historical structures still stand amidst the modern concrete jungle proudly boasting its history on how this country came to be. The opulent cultures and traditions that are practiced by our diverse society is another unique quality that puts Malaysia in the limelight. As a proud Malaysian representative, I would educate people about the wonders that my country has to offer and invite them to my country to experience it firsthand. What Malaysia is famously known for is the dignified values, patriotism instilled in us and the respect we show towards each other and the world. I will spread these noble values by conducting myself in the utmost virtuous way no matter where I go. Only in a country like Malaysia can I call a man walking past me, “Uncle!” where he would turn around and reply “Yes, my child...”

We are one big family and we call ourselves “One Malaysia” because we are inseparable despite our multifarious races and norms. That is what makes us special.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

I grew up in a happy household consisting of an elementary family of four. I was blessed with a supportive and a loving family. My parents emphasized on education as a breakthrough to a “better life”, my sister and I followed suit to their wishes. I spent most of my childhood buried in books as a result coming home with a string of “A’s” and always being the top student in my alma mater. However, I was oblivious to a lot of things outside the circumference of our curriculum therefore, I had no friends. What used to be my definition of the best case scenario in such a situation was toresort to books where I can resign myself through imagination. When I was thirteen, my first year of secondary school held surprises. Despite being a newly enrolled student, I was welcomed by all my peers. I had a taste of what friendship felt like and truly enough in no time at all, I was transformed for the better.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

I learned that the importance of education can never be compromised to anything at all. We are accomplished as individuals when we have built our pillar of strength in life, in this case it being education. While chasing our goals, I learned that it is important for one to always keep rooted to the ground. I remember there is a saying that goes “The higher you go, the lower you bow” which metaphorical meaning would be to keep grounded despite the achievements one has made. Besides that, it is also crucial to socialize and make friends. Friends are people around us who we can have healthy relationships with in order to receive interesting inputs, listen to constructive criticisms without judgement and can be good companies when we are lonely. But the most significant lesson that I have absorbed is to love the people around me like how I have been loved by my family.


What is your most memorable moment?

It would be the moment when I cried tears of joy - when my name was announced as Miss Malaysia Earth 2012 winner. It will always be an unforgettable moment in my life as I had made everyone around me proud. This title is more than a gift, it is an honor because I am carrying the name of my country on my sash. I am bestowed the responsibility to represent the people and the cultures of my nation in the global arena. I am given a once in a lifetime opportunity to spread environmental knowledge for a good cause.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

My environmental advocacy is something that everyone can relate to and follow. I believe that the simple things that we do can actually make a difference to the environment. Therefore, I would propose the idea of energy conservation to be started in each and every home because as always a home is where the good values are born. Energy conservation can be practiced by simply turning off switches when they are not in use, using hybrid cars instead of fossil fuel powered cars or switching electrical heater and cooler systems with solar powered systems. Many of us do not realize that these little actions can actually result in a big change in the environment. If this responsibility is practiced under each roof, we will be able sustain the environment for our families and the future generation.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

Every individual plays a part in an effort towards sustaining energy. For a start, we should have our own home energy audit so that we can keep track of our daily usage. Also we should plan out proper strategies to sustain energy within our homes. For example, recycling our rubbish is a good head start. On a global level, each country has its own primary energy source, to name a few, oil, uranium and the widely used natural gases. We can only harvest these sources until they last. So before they deplete it is quintessential to derive ways to replace these non-renewable sources in our energy production systems. Some countries have already taken these steps by transforming the nature’s elements; wind, water and the sun into energy. However our goals should focus on getting the entire world to make this change before it becomes too late.


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

I would also like to emphasize on the significance of environmental education in schools. It is substantial for curriculums in schools to accommodate this sector of knowledge so that the younger generation attains the necessary information at an early stage. This will change the perception and attitudes of the leading generation in future towards preserving the environment. I also believe that efforts around the world such as the famous 3R should be culturally embedded in the society so that it becomes a part of our lifestyle because it is important to practice this in our daily routines. But we have to remember that the most important thing would be to keep our attitudes steered at the correct direction. The fate of mother nature lies solely in our hands and the only way we will give her a good future is to unite, make amends and stop further destructions.

MISS EARTH LEBANON 2012 - Patricia Geagea

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LEBANON
Patricia Geagea

Miss Lebanon

Age: 21
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Weight: 125 lbs
Measurements: 35"-26"-36"
Profession: Student

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

I believe that education is the key to solve any problem we have today. Educating young people about the big and little things they can do in their daily lives to save energy and the importance of it will make a difference in how they act and see this planet as they grow up. Therefore one of the projects that I would create would have the purpose of involving environmental education in schools at a very young age.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

What makes me proud about my country is the hospitality, strength and beauty of the people living in it. The Lebanese are among the cleverest people in the world, in addition to being the hardest workers. We belong to 18 different religions, were occupied by over 16 civilizations throughout history, and are still standing strong like the cedar trees that grow on the soils of our wonderful country. Lebanon offers everything from amazing nature and historical monuments to worldclass nightlife and beautiful beach and ski resorts.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

Memories from my childhood are very dear to my heart since they include the moments I got to learn rights from wrongs, values and morals to finally become the woman that I am today. I have wonderful parents who always made sure that I grew up in a stable and secure home and who always supported each step that I took. With both my parents and my two older sisters I had a wonderful childhood filled with great homemade food, music, laughter and unconditional love.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

In addition to all the basic lessons of good morals and ethics, my parents have taught me to always think positive, no matter what situation that I face. One of the biggest lessons that I live by everyday is to always use my fullest capacity to make a change for the better.


What is your most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment so far was the moment when I heard the heartbeats of my big sisters baby during an ultrasound. I was and still am fascinated by the incredible capability of our bodies to create new life.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

One of the essential components of life is water. Pollution and waste dumping in oceans destroy the lives of so many creatures on this planet and clean drinking water is a must in order for us to survive and live a healthy life. We therefore need to educate everybody and especially the children of the world about the difference they all can make to protect our mother earth.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

I believe that if we all change some of the patterns in our daily lives we can make a big difference. These are only a few examples of what we all can do:
· Choose other transportation alternatives than the car (walk, bicycle, public transportation)
· Switch off electronic devices when we don’t use them (this includes unplugging the devices)
· Recycle, recycle, recycle!
· Take short showers
· Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
· Use energy saving (halogen) light bulbs


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

Environmental issues are one of the most important issues of our time. I am very excited to join the Miss Earth competition since I know that by this experience I will gain an opportunity to exchange and learn about great ideas from people all around the world which I can bring back to my country and hopefully to the rest of the world.

MISS EARTH KOSOVO 2012 - Ajshe Babatinca

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KOSOVO
Ajshe Babatinca

Miss Kosovo

Age: 18
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 121 lbs
Measurements: 34"-25"-37"
Profession: Student and Model

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

I would like to develop a project that aims to increase awareness of public institutions, government and civil society to support and implement international environmental criteria and standards. I would argue that supporting the environment is not only a policy choice but a fundamental matter towards establishing sustainable future for ourselves and future generations. Key elements of the project would involve: a. awareness raising; b. policy discussions and choices; and c. focus into implementation of environmental EU standards as well as d. costs and benefits of implementing environmental standards.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

Republic of Kosovo is one of the newest counties in the World that declared its independence in 2008. Majority of its population are the youth with good potentials to support economic development and peace in the region. Main values of our county are to promote peace and stability as well as good regional cooperation. The main agenda in the country is to adjust our policies and standards with the European Union’s legislation and practices. Key objective remains to integrate and become full member of the European Union. One element specifically that makes us proud is the fact that Kosovo is one of the most liberal countries in terms of religion tolerance. Although predominately Muslim, it has significant groups of Catholics, Orthodox communities and they all leave in peace and harmony in support of each other. Moreover, our society has managed to well preserve its traditions and diverse cultural heritage. This, together with religion acceptance, is two greatest assets that Kosovo can contribute and share with the overall world community. Finally, recently Kosovo has started to embrace key Environmental standards. In this respect, is has become a member of the EU sponsored Energy Community Treaty. Implementing Energy Efficiency measures has become one of the key elements of this participation. This means that Kosovo aims to proactively pursue and implement Energy Sustainability principles and support international efforts to meet the Climate Change targets.

Describe your childhood/growing years (8-13 years old)

I grew up in a good family and social environment. Like most of my peers, I went to schools and attended additional courses such as choir singing, poetry and dance. In addition, my growing years were made more challenging and interesting as I lived in a very dynamic society that was changing constantly. Travel was one of the important parts of my childhood. We have been in most places in our own county as well as in the neighboring counties. Main elements that composed my childhood and youth are school, travel, friendships and working hard to build up, develop and shape a positive future for me.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

The key lessons I learned are related to the universal values of humanity. To love, care and work for better communities and a safer and developed world. In addition, protection of the environment is one of the most important elements as it has to do not only with ourselves but also future generations. Being proactive in sports, culture and social activities is important. One should not wait for others to care and shape the future but should be proactive and take part in civic activities that aim to improve the living conditions and standards of the community.


What is your most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment was in 17th of February 2008 when my country declared its independence and is now a fully flagged member of independent states of the world community. This has special relevance to my strong support for freedom and liberty for people. The most highlighted moment was the fact that this, due to international politics, was kept secret until the very last moment. When the news broke out, it was Sunday, we all went to the streets and celebrated. This is the moment when all of my family and friends fulfilled their desire for the liberty and freedom they longed for through the century. I will never forget this.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

My main advocacy is based on sustainable energy with focus into energy efficiency advantages. The country where I come from has energy supply imbalances and one of the ways that Government wants to address the matter is through investing into another thermo power plant. On the other hand, energy losses are significant. My main argument is that before we move with additional coal based thermo power plant capacities we should explore our renewable potentials. In addition, key contemporary studies suggest that energy efficiency is one of the main factors on how to save energy. Therefore, considering current situation, hydro, wing and solar options combined with energy efficiency measures will produce capacities similar to the coal power plant and needs to be developed. I strongly believe that this model can be also applied elsewhere in the World, especially for countries in development. By choosing to use these policy models, we not only provide sustainable energy but at the same time contribute towards protecting the environment as well as reaching the Climate Change carbon emission targets.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

There are many ways how to promote sustainable energy but I will focus into energy efficiency. In my country, we have started to undertake several energy efficiency measures in public buildings and schools. This school used oil as a main source of heating. They spend 18.000€ annually for fuel supply. Feasibility suggested that roof, window and other insulations should be installed, including solar panels to be used for lighting and hot water. After undertaking the energy efficiency measures, we realized that the same school spends only 7.500€ annually. The save was enormous: 10.500€. the saved money can be used for establishing laboratories, updating libraries or for research matters. If these kinds of measures are applied in all public, private and households sectors, millions will be saved and these resources could be used for development activities and generating jobs. In addition, this energy saved will lower the production of coal-based demands in the developing counties. Therefore, using energy efficiency measures not only to protect and promote sustainable energy but also save money that can be used for development is the promotion strategy I would use.


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

I am happy to visit the Philippines and being able to present my country as well as promote the environment. Miss Earth is one of the most prestigious events and it is a great honor to be part of it and contribute. This is the fifth time Kosovo is being represent in this event. I would do my best to represent Kosovo in the best possible way and win a prize to make my country proud of me. This will make it possible for me to promote Miss Earth in my country as well as encourage other girls to participate. Kosovo, a young state, will be better known to the World in case I am one of the luckiest winners.

MISS EARTH KOREA 2012 - Sara Kim

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KOREA
Sara Kim

Miss Korea

Age: 24
Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 121 lbs
Measurements: 34"-24"-35"
Profession: Dancer

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

Every year, the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere change. This temperature increases every day and every year. Theory says global warming will raise sea level, and when the sea level rises it can affect our ecosystem. It could put many species in extinction, and eventually will affect food chain. In other words, global warming can bring huge disaster. Global warming is not a future problem; it is not our next generation’s problem. It is happening right now, and we have to stop it. According to scientists, the causes of global warming are mostly from human activities. Since the industrial age, we have produced enormous amount of carbon dioxide. Just like the project called “Save the Earth.” (STE) which is organized by various people who are determined to save the environment (they can be college students, businessmen, nurse or anyone), we can get together to promote the danger of global warming by making a video, presentation, documentary, and commercial. The problem is how to let the people know about this global issue. We can use SNS (Social Network Service), Facebook, and YouTube to spread the effects of global warming. When people learns how critical Global Warming is, I believe that they will think of this environmental issue before they burn a piece of paper or drive car.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

I would like to proudly promote Hangul or Korean alphabet to other countries. Hangul was created during the Joseon Dynasty in 1443. Hangul is an alphabet of 24 consonants and vowels. It was created by Sejong the Great. Before then, we did not have language, but we used Chinese characters borrowed from the Chinese. However, Sejong the Great had compassion for citizens, so he created our own language with many scholars. So I would like to promote excellence of Hangul.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

When I was in elementary school, I was an enthusiastic student. I did not appreciate other people’s assistance; I had to be the best in every academic category. I had learned writing, swimming, speech, debating, calligraphy, violin, piano, flute, basketball, painting, and modern dance. Some people might say that I did not have much freedom, but it was completely the opposite. I loved what I was doing and learning; they were my joy. Since I have absorbed myself diverse activities, I could decide my path at a young age. I choose to be a modern dancer, and later I became a youngest dancer of Korea National Contemporary Dance Company. Now, I can say that I am the best dancer of my age. I believe it was because as a child I was enthusiastic to be the best at everything.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

I have learned the importance of community and the spirit teamwork. I was involved in many activities and had opportunities to communicate with other people. I became a very sociable person and very considerate of other people’s feelings and put them before me. Moreover, I learned that there is no easy way to earn pride. Like this famous musician, Maxim “No pain, no gain”, I had to practice two and a half months to learn the butterfly stroke and one month to memorize piano sonata No. 14 by Beethoven.


What is your most memorable moment?

I would like to say that my most memorable moment was when I traveled to Europe with my older sister. At that time, I was a university senior struggling to keep up with academic work and dance lessons. Then, I decided to visit my sister in Paris taking her master degree who traveled with me to France, Germany, Spain, and United Kingdom. During our travels, we bonded significantly and I learned the importance of my family.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

Natural gas, coal, petroleum, and oil- do you know what is common among these? These are all non-renewable energy. According to scientists, there is not enough non-renewable energy to spend. We might have five more years or ten more years, but what about twenty years or thirty years from now? Imagine the life without cars, air conditioners, and computers. In order to solve this problem, we need to find an alternative resource of renewable energy. Renewable energy can be solar power, geothermal power, tidal power, and wind power. Some people might say that renewable energy costs lots of money to install. However, think of the solar car that does not need gas. How about television that is running via electricity created from wind power. Renewable energy has so much potential. Moreover, we can solve the problem of reliability of renewable energy by combining every country’s renewable resources. In other words, the entire world shares renewable energy. Since China has great winds, we install wind turbines. And since Japan is exposed to the Pacific Ring of Fire we can build thermal energy structures. I also think that every nation should pay flexible installation fees. If United States spends more energy than Russia, then United States should pay more beginning expense. Renewable energy might not be the best solution for alternative energy, but still we can step forward to use clean energy for our generations.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

First of all, renewable energy is unlimited. We can use as much we want, but only if we have saved enough. Second, it is clean energy. Non-renewable energy such as petroleum and gas creates carbon dioxide. However, sustainable energy is unpolluted. Third, sustainable energy has installation fees. We have to build solar panel to use solar power and turbines to use hydropower. Therefore, we should not stop looking for other alternative energy. Something that is more clean and abundant in resources.

MISS EARTH KENYA 2012 - Fiona Konchellah

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KENYA
Fiona Konchellah

Miss Kenya

Age: 23
Height:5 feet 9 1/2 inches
Weight: 123 lbs
Measurements: 34"-26"-38"
Profession: Finance Controller

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

I am an ambassador to the “Tree is Life” campaign. This campaign is in line with the UNEP 10 Billion Tree Campaign project. The main objective of this Project is to restore forests, natural resources, and improve community livelihood within forests in Kenya and Greening of Schools in the country. This will be through the 10 Million tree is life Campaign and Greening Schools Program. This Campaign was founded due to the fact that in the past two decades, Kenya forests have experienced severe destruction as a result of several factors which have in turn affected the hydrological cycles in the water towers and resulted in water shortages across the country.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

I come from the beautiful country called Kenya. I am so proud and I do not take for granted the fact that I had not asked to be born anywhere else in the World. I love everything about my great country, from the hospitable people, the diverse cultures/tribes, beautiful landscapes as you drive across the Rift Valley, Wildlife- our country has the big five animals, food and dance. We have amazing beaches, beautiful coastal reefs that will take your breath away. I am honored to be from a country that is known for its marathon runners and record holders. Kenya is a blessed nation with hardworking people. It is a country whose motto is ‘Peace, Love and Unity.

Describe your childhood/growing years (8-13 years old)

I grew up in the coastal part of Kenya. I am the first born of six children. I am from a community that is very cultural and though I was brought up in the city, my family still preserved our culture. My family also is a Christian family, therefore going to church was and still is a great part of my life. I was a tomboy in my early teen years as I was taller than everyone in my class. I fitted in well with the boys.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

My parents have instilled values and principles that will last me a lifetime, some of which include honesty, good morals, hard work and religion. I also had to learn to be responsible at an early age as I had many siblings whom I needed to be a role model to. Coming from a large family, I had to learn to share and be accommodative. I learned to be independent at a very young age as I went to boarding school during my high school days. Most importantly, I learned to fight for what I believe in. Even as a teenager, I took up leadership roles on my own initiative. I was always a sports captain or a class prefect.


What is your most memorable moment?

I cherish every moment that gives me an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Being able to work for the Masai Mara Marathon Ltd, allowed for me to be apart of a greater cause which is to ensure that the girls within the Mara Ecosystem are able to get education. There is nothing greater than being able to build and expand schools, provide sanitation and at the same time educating them about the importance of environmental conservation. All this for me is memorable.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

My environmental advocacy is the Youth Going Green Initiative. This initiative aims at involving the youth in environmental education, tree planting projects. This allows college going students to channel their energy for the good of the environment. The response to my initiative has been overwhelming and it is amazing to see how much young people want to play a part in making a difference.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

Kenya has a potentially large untapped non-fossil energy resources, but so far the nation has been heavily dependent on imported petroleum oil. As a country, we need to ensure that we use energy from renewable resources which is inexhaustible and clean, and that we invest in renewable energy which will create jobs, foster economic growth, and improve energy security. This can be done through the use of geothermal resources, wind and solar energy.

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MISS EARTH JAPAN 2012 - Megumi Noda

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JAPAN
Megumi Noda

Miss Japan

Age: 25
Height: 5 feet 7 ½ inches
Weight: 114 lbs
Measurements: 22"-23"-35"
Profession: Model

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

Measures to prevent global warming are part of the projects which I would like to proceed with. The survival of humanity is threatened by global warming, and this problem must be confronted around the world. From the little things that each person living on the Earth can do right now, from wearing light clothes so as not to necessitate raising the room temperature with air conditioners, to wearing heavy clothes so as not to necessitate lowering the room temperature at the time of heating. When shopping, bring your own shopping bag and refuse excessive packaging. When I move somewhere, I use public transportation or bicycles. More than anything else, I think that people must be strong. The biggest form of global environmental protection starts with our own health as human beings, as we continue to co-exist with nature. To stop global warming, not only is it important to have technological capabilities and new product development, but human use of such technology is more important. Using technology wisely, people will be more likely to stop wasting, which will lead to the prevention of global warming. The impact of each person practicing small things will lead to many people carrying out eco-action, and great effects can be expected for sure. What is important is that children, who are bearers of the future, live a fun, eco-friendly lifestyle. With adults as role models, children should choose an “eco-lifestyle”. It is important that I myself and human health become earth-friendly. By following through, each person also becomes aware of their trivial behavior, and realizes the power of people who live on the Earth. It is becoming a powerful force of influence.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

I can proudly speak out that we have SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN and WINTER, four clearly distinguished, different seasons. In Japanese, we say “SHIKI” which combines 2 Chinese characters meaning FOUR and SEASONS. “SHIKI” has provided us Japanese with nature viewing, fresh air, and agricultural products for our lives. Not only that, we Japanese can read, see and touch very sensitive and pure minds through the writings and drawings behind our culture. We Japanese can enjoy a variety of foods and meals made possible by natural agricultural products for each season. Cooks, therefore, have taken on the challenge of preparing special Japanese foods completed in a very sensitive method, and I believe that “SHIKI” has instilled sensitivity and skills not only in those professionals but in each of us. I was born in SHIGA Prefecture which is located in HONSHU Island near the well-known cities of Kyoto and Nara. Do you know Lake BIWA (called BIWAKO), the largest lake in Japan? Near BIWAKO, I grew up in the so-called “SATOYAMA “which is comprised of a virgin forest and beautiful and wide reaching rice paddy fields near my hometown. SATOYAMA is a Japanese term applied to the border zone or area between mountain foothills and arable flatlands. Literally, SATO means arable and livable land or homeland, and YAMA means hill or mountain. BIWAKO and SATOYAMA have developed through centuries of small scale agricultural and forestry use. The migration of wild animals can occur between ponds, rice paddies, grasslands, forests, and also from one village to another. Ponds, reservoirs, and streams, in particular, play a significant role in the survival of water-dependent species such as dragonflies, fireflies, among other insects. It is extremely important for us to conserve Lake BIWA and the SATOYAMA continuously, so I join and work with local women’s organization and individuals to promote the use of soap powder instead of synthetic detergent in consideration of the possible water pollution in Lake Biwa (BIWAKO). I know I am very lucky to grow up in my hometown of SHIGA, surrounded by nature, food, culture and people. I hope many people around the world can visit my hometown of SHIGA to see and feel our beloved Lake Biwa (BIWAKO) and SATOYAMA, as well as experience and learn about our four beautiful seasons or “SHIKI”.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

I was active, full of curiousity and a sports-loving girl and wanted to try anything related to sports. I have been swimming since I was a child. I used to participate in a lot of swim meets every year. Practice was very hard and I wanted to quit many times, but I was encouraged by my mother and friends who practiced together with me, and I was able to overcome my hardships. As a result, I was able to participate in the big tournaments. I have learned that I have been blessed with wonderful companions in various situations. It is important to appreciate the splendor of fellowship and the strength of the teamwork. Now, I love sports related to nature and the sea, because of related experiences.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

What I learned was “Cherish all creatures” and “Do not waste food.” My parents and grandparents taught me this and is the basis for my opinions. There were a lot of animals at our home. When I found a cat or dog, my family and I looked for someone to take care of them. I learned not to give up until the end, and the importance of taking responsibility. I wrote an essay titled "I Want to Protect the Animals" for my graduation essay when I was in elementary school. That is my dream for the future. Now, as I think about being Miss Earth Japan, I realize that I have been involved in the environmental problems of the Earth, and that is because of the lessons learned in my childhood.


What is your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment is the Tohoku earthquake and TSUNAMI that occurred on March 11th, 2011. I was waiting for a train at Tokyo Station going to an audition at the moment that it happened. I had never experienced such a big earthquake before and was so afraid that I couldn’t do anything. What I could do at that moment was just return to my apartment and watch the terrible scenes of the earthquake and TSUNAMI on TV. After the earthquake, I was faced with the situation of not being able to find food at supermarkets, non-running trains and electrical power outages. I live in Tokyo by myself so I felt afraid and alone during this period but my neighbors took care of me a lot. The tragedy made me realize how ordinary days are important and full of happiness and how kind people can be. In addition, people all over the world showed their sympathy for us and came to Japan to rescue and support the victims of this difficult situation. I’ll never forget their kindness.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

My environmental advocacy efforts include beach clean-ups. Beach clean-ups are easy for anyone to do. The team I’m a part of is organized by local surfers and they create communities and call for their participation. We have a simple policy, “We use the beach, so we protect the beach.” We meet up and clean the beach every week at the same day and time. But because we have been doing this activity for dozens of years, this is a wonderful environmental advocacy effort. I learn what “Practice makes perfect” means from this activity. I’m going to keep participating in this activity which makes my favorite beach so beautiful to walk barefoot on for hundreds of years.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

I think that sustainable energy is water and electrical power, both of which we take for granted. Energy is limited and it starts by realizing it. The population of the earth is increasing and the demand for energy grows in proportion to the rise in population. Because energy is limited, I think that we should use energy that doesn’t have a bad influence on the natural environment and social environment. This is not what we are forced to consider. This is what people all over the world must realize themselves. I would like to start by getting you to realize it. We are not experts, so let’s start by hearing your various opinions and discussing this with you.

MISS EARTH ITALY 2012 - Giulia Capuani

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Giulia Capuani

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MISS EARTH INDONESIA 2012 - Chelsy Liven

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INDONESIA
Chelsy Liven

Miss Indonesia

Age: 24
Height: 5 feet 9 ½ inches
Weight: 132 lbs
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What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

My project is environmental education for children. Why? Because it is critically important and should start before school begins. Early environmental education experiences help shape children’s values, perspectives and understanding of the environment and how to interact with it. Yet many children have little or no meaningful exposure to environmental education or opportunities to connect with the natural world because they are involved with activities that isolate them from it.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

I am proud to represent Indonesia, the richest country. American has technological advances so we can call them a superpower, but the richest country is where I was born and where I am standing now, why? We have the largest gold mines, and with best quality of gold in the world. This country has the largest natural gas reserves in the world precisely at Natuna-kalimantan Timur, this country has the largest tropical forest in the world. This country has the world’s widest sea surrounded by two oceans: Indian and the Pacific and have millions of species of fish. This country has exotic scenery from the top of the mountain to the sea and has a unique culture. In Indonesia we can learn many things. How to promote my country? First, I need to be proud of my country, second, join an international cultural festival, third, using online media promotion, fourth, become a tourist ambassador. And also with Miss Earth I can promote Indonesia.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

I was born in a family full of love and affection. During my childhood, I was taught by my father to be a diligent, careful, humble and responsible. Not only that, my parents always taught me to be a woman who is polite and has manners. Since I was little my parents always spent holidays with nature and it was very influential in my life today.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

My parents always said there is nothing we can do if we don’t try. Be patient and God always blesses us in every step we do.


What is your most memorable moment?

When I first followed the story telling competitions and faced many people, I was feeling scared and nervous, but I always strive to control these feelings because my goal is to be able to know how to relay to a lot of people so that everyone can understand and know my story, and finally be successful at it.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

Green economy: change the behavior and increase the quality of the environment. Green economy to eliminate the negative impact of economic growth on the environment and natural resources scarcity and meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

Turn off computers when they are not in use.
Turn off printers, especially laser printers, unless printing.
Don’t use power strips to turn on all computers and desk equipment at once.
When purchasing computers and peripherals, buy low wattage equipmen.
Purchase only energy-efficient products .

MISS EARTH INDIA 2012 - Prachi Mishra

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INDIA
Prachi Mishra

Miss India

Age: 25
Height: 5 feet 7 1/2 inches
Weight: 108 lbs
Measurements: 33"-25"-36
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What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

To provide solar light to 500 remote rural households in India in a span of 100 days because these households use non-renewable resources like firewood and kerosene that lead to CO2 emission and deforestation which directly impacts the environment. I would create a project to set an example for the youth of India to emulate.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

India is all about "one" which personifies unity in diversity & I am proud of being a part of the spirit of "oneness". 31 states, 1,618 language, 6,400 castes, 6 ethnic groups, 29 festivals – One country Expressing their spirit in one word "Vande Mataram" the essence being "I bow to the Mother, Mother Nation, Mother Earth. A nation of varied skin colours but one colour that unites all is the "Tri clour" of our national flag! India offers one wonder of the world which epitomizes love, faith, and passion -the "Taj Mahal" We believe in the institution of marriage, we believe in the social unit "A Family". What is unique about our Indian culture and what I would like to advocate is an ageless practice of the "joint family system". I am proud to be an Indian and I stand here as a symbol of "Indian Oneness and Unity".

Describe your childhood/growing years:

Being the youngest in the family I was extremely naughty and terribly spoiled. I was pampered and loved by everyone. I always loved to play dress up with my mother's wardrobe, her make up and her high heels. I would stand for ages in front of the mirror and dream of being a beauty queen and at the same time mimic Indian film stars. I was a young care free girl who enjoyed playing outdoor games, reading, spending time with my friends etc. I really did believe that ghost existed only to grow up and believe that those ghosts are skeletons in ones cupboard.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

Nothing is permanent. Failures are also a part of life and part of the learning process. You fall, you rise, you shine. Everyday is a new experience and I keep learning from my failures which ultimately makes me stronger and hopefully a successful person. Never stop trying and dreaming because all you need is hard work and self belief.


What is your most memorable moment?

Definitely when I was crowned the winner of Miss India Earth 2012 crown. Those 30 seconds of me sashing down the ramp with tears of happiness rolling down my eyes is a memory that I will hold close to me for the rest of my life.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

2012 is the year of sustainable energy. I would like to unleash the energy of youth to provide solar energy to the remotest village to fight endemic poverty. Sustainable energy will power sustainable development. Because, India being a tropical country receives 325 days of direct sunlight which increases the potential of using solar energy and also because 50% of Indian population is below the age of 25 years. So, putting these 2 together. I would like to motivate this use of sustainable energy.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

I believe that every small action has a chain reaction which ultimately makes a big difference. I would urge every individual to do their bit in contributing towards adopting a sustainable source of energy. By working together in this direction we can make a great difference to the environment, making the Earth a better place to live in.


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

I have been associated with "The Earth Organization" and I have been a part of various activities conducted by them, like tree plantation and blood donation drive. I will be communicating all my answers in "HINDI", hence I would need an interpreter to communicate my answer.

MISS EARTH HONDURAS 2012 - Odily Alvarenga

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Odily Alvarenga

Miss Honduras

Age: 23
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Weight: 109 lbs
Measurements: 35"-24"-35"
Profession: Administrations Manager

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

I mind continue supporting and working with my foundation to promote awareness and creating ways to save mother earth.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

I'm very proud to be a Honduran. Honduras is the heart of Central America we are rich in flora and fauna. We have beautiful beaches and our country is very united in our political values and tradition This year marks our Mayan heritage that we share with Guatemala whose civilization started here in Honduras.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

From my 8 years of age while I was in school I was a very active girl. I would always be the leader in the classroom. After school I would attend ballet, theater and painting classes. I did many plays in all the theaters in town and also participated in many pageants while I was still young. At my school I was a beauty queen for four years straight. In that school we always did community work for the society and we had a class with goals to care for our environment and to plant around our nation parks. I would always assist church every Sunday with my family and never forget to have family trips with my cousins, aunts and uncles. I would have to say I had a really good childhood, for I enjoyed spending time with my family and doing many activities that I enjoyed.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

I definitely learned that your childhood influences your adult life. The good moments with your family make you cherish those special moments. I also grew up to learn to love others for their qualities despite their downfalls. I learned to listen and respect what others have to say but also to not let those drown my own voice. Because I have a big family I learned to share and to live among others in peace while not putting aside my values which let me to be who I am today.


What is your most memorable moment?

They are several moments in my life that have made a mark but of them all I would have to say the most memorable moments was when my little sister was born. To see a new life come into your family has no words to explain that feeling. I thank God for allowing me to experience that bundle of joy which I could definitely say is something worth living for.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

I have a degree in Marketing and International business and I'm currently a Manager of TEXACO, an international cooperation. I have many people under my lead and all personnel are women which to me has been a great experience because it has made a big impact in the society of the Honduran people- by having young women managing a big company, and by having accomplished what was expected of us despite being women because my country still has not completely accepted women to have high ranks. I chose to be in the business environment because I find it to be a very active, dynamic and creative place where I can always be around people which is something that delights me. My satisfaction is when my ideas can contribute to the benefit of the company I work for.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

First of all I would let the people know the bare truth of how we are killing our world and that we need to take care of our planet. Because of our own selfishness and our needs we are tearing it down. We need to instill values in our children that they may learn to take care of our world by saving our water supplies and not littering, etc. Most importantly we need to act them out in our lives to set example to them so we can be assured that our future generations will not perish because of neglecting our "EARTH".


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

There are many things I would like to share and from my heart but what I really want to say is that I'm very happy to be here first of all, sharing a little of who I am, where I come from and most of all to be representing my lovely country Honduras and there is nothing that would make me happier than to become the next MISS EARTH 2012. That would fill my country with great pride and joy, and it would become my dream come true.

MISS EARTH GUATEMALA 2012 - Stefany Miranda

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Stefany Miranda

Miss Guatemala

Age: 23
Height: 5 feet 7 1/2 inches
Weight: 115 lbs
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What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

The first one is to promote and create conscience in people who run big enterprises which pollute the air in order to make a change for future generations. And second is educating kids to be conscious on how important Mother Earth is in their lives, and that they need to take care of her.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

Guatemala makes me proud of their costumes, the colorful life, the traditions, the spoken languages and the multicultural diversity. The sceneries are magical. People are very friendly and it’s based on traditions. Guatemala is inhabited by Mayas. This year there is belief that is the beginning of a new era. The Mayans call it Baktun. This is based on a transcendental belief and the whole world is focusing directly on my country.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

I used to be a ballet student. I love outdoor activities. I started out in beauty pageants at the age of 8. I enrolled with the girl scouts in my community where we used to do cultural and environmental activities. I enjoyed reading. A soon as I stared middle school I enrolled in the cleaning and recycling committee.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

I learned values are very important. I learned to listen and take smart advices; I learned that you can learn a lot in reading, that everything has a moment and a place. I learned respecting older people for their wise advice. I learned that friendship means being truthful and not to hide in lies.


What is your most memorable moment?

On my 15th birthday, my whole family joined me and we celebrated together. Then by the end of the day everyone gave me advice about my upcoming years, which have been very useful for me.


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

I support and encourage awareness of deforestation in every single person because not many know of this. I shall start the campaign gradually and increase in pace.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

To educate people to consume products that does not harm our environment. This could be done through schools and social media.


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

Anything that the management needs to promote to help our planet earth, count me in.

MISS EARTH GUAM 2012 - Sarah Filush

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Sarah Filush

Miss Guam

Age: 24
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Weight: 113 lbs
Measurements: 34"-26"-34"
Profession: Student

What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?

Right now I am working towards starting a foundation intended to raise money to help organizations and groups involved in green efforts. The money I raise will also be used to purchase more recycling bins around my island. I am also working hand in hand with students and professors of The University of Guam’s Marine Lab towards the care for our island’s beautiful reef. Guam has one the most diverse marine life in the entire world. Unfortunately every year species are becoming extinct due to Global Warming, humans, and natural causes. I will be working with efforts on how to preserve our beautiful marine life. My love and care for my island is what urged me to focus on these environmental advocacies. I intend to encourage the people of Guam to do their part in maintaining our island’s beauty.

What makes you proud of your country and what can you promote about it?

I am so proud to be a native of the island of Guam. Guam has an undying beautiful strong culture, delicious exotic cuisine, blessed with friendly people, and to top it off Guam is ultimate paradise! We are surrounded by a beautiful blue ocean filled with the most colorful and diverse marine species in the world, beautiful white sandy beaches, waterfalls, jungles, and year-round tropical weather. There is absolutely no other place in this world I would rather live! As ambassador to my island, I will do everything in my power to reflect my island to the best of my ability. My goal is to showcase who the Chamorro people are in hopes to captivate others in wanting to know who I am and where I am from.

Describe your childhood/growing years:

Adventurous, fearless, daring, and hyper are all words that would best describe me around the ages of 8 to 13. It was during these years I was able to fully embrace and appreciate living on a beautiful tropical island. My playground consisted of a beautiful blue ocean, the jungle, all the tropical fruit trees, caves, and waterfalls to say the least.
My absolute closest friend was my older brother, so most of my childhood memories were a far cry from playing Barbie and dress up. “Tarzan” and “The Jungle Book” were my utmost favorite films because the characters were able to live free and wild like animals in the jungle! Determined to be “jungle girl”, I ran around barefoot, climbed trees, looked for waterfalls, built tree houses, made friends with the neighborhood animals, ate off the land, etc. Every day was an adventure! My childhood might not have been the most glamorous, however I would not trade my experiences and stories for the world!
I would consider myself to be a well rounded child. I excelled in sports as well as in music. I was able to play any sport and participated in biweekly piano lessons and sang in my church and school choir.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?

My parents kept me very busy when I was a child. I participated in all the school sports, school and church choir; the times when I was home, my parents encouraged me to play outside and go on my adventures. The life lesson I learned is a lesson I want to pass on to my children. I enjoyed my childhood without electronics, video games, or computers of any sort. I was too busy enjoying my childhood to get involved in sex, drugs, and gangs. Obesity, teen pregnancy, and drug use are major issues the youth of my island struggle with everyday. I feel that by keeping my children physically active, allowing them to participate in extracurricular activities, and keeping them away technology distractions, they will be able to fully develop their minds and bodies and more likely to make wise decisions that benefit their future.


What is your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment would have to be when I went blind at the age of 6. It was during one of my jungle girl adventures. I fell out of my neighbor’s tree and hit the back of my head on a large bolder. About 30 minutes later, I started to have a intense migraine when all of a sudden everything went white! My mother rushed me to the hospital; the doctors performed CAT scans, and diagnosed me with Vascular Blindness which fortunately meant it was only temporary. When I woke up the next morning, I was back to normal!


What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose it?

Right now I am working towards starting a foundation intended to raise money to help organizations and groups involved in green efforts. The money I raise will also be used to purchase more recycling bins around my island. I am also working hand in hand with students and professors of The University of Guam’s Marine Lab towards the care for our island’s beautiful reef. Guam has one the most diverse marine life in the entire world. Unfortunately every year species are becoming extinct due to Global Warming, humans, and natural causes. I will be working with efforts on how to preserve our beautiful marine life. My love and care for my island is what urged me to focus on these environmental advocacies. I intend to encourage the people of Guam to do their part in maintaining our island’s beauty.

What tip can you share to promote sustainable energy for all?

My tip to promote sustainable energy would be to invest in a hybrid vehicle. Not only are hybrids environmentally friendly, they save money in your pocket! The continual rise of fossil fuel prices mean little to one who owns a hybrid vehicle. The amount of pollution would drastically minimize if everyone were to invest in a hybrid vehicle, and safe to say allow a boost in our economy! I am still in the process of saving money to purchase a hybrid vehicle; unfortunately they are quite expensive. However, I’ve done enough research to know that every dollar will be well worth it for me and most importantly the world!


Other information that you would like to share with the Miss Earth Management:

I am very much honored to be a part of your organization! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful event.