“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter,” One of my favourite quotes from Rachel Carson, a catalyst for the modern environmental movement and author of Silent Spring. Not only does this excerpt perfectly define our familiarity and assurance with our planet, but it also reminds us that if this same familiarity were to change, assurance would disappear and nothing would ever be the same. In other words, if we continue on this inevitable path that is destroying the beauty of the Earth, nothing will survive; not the people, not the Earth, and definitely not the abundant familiarity. That possibility terrifies me, as it very well should.
As a child, I loved the ocean. There was a point in my life when I wanted to become a marine biologist because I was in the love with the diversity of life in waters surrounding our lands. As a result, scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef is something I would jump at the chance to do. But as I grew up, I learned that the Great Barrier Reef is threatened by something known as ocean acidification. This is due to an increase in both sea temperature and acidity as a result of global warming. The reefs are dying and the ocean animals along with them. I was heartbroken when I learned this, and it’s only one of the countless consequences that can happen.
As a result, I bring forth the subject of my Beauty with a Purpose Project for Miss World Canada 2018: Environment, global warming, and climate change awareness. I’m more passionate about the issue of environmental protection and climate change than any other problem I can think of. In my opinion, climate change is quite possibly the most pressing crisis on our hands today.
My underlying goal is to educate people on the importance of environmental protection and to bring awareness to the issues facing our planet. I believe that we must be educated on these issues in order to ensure a healthy future for Earth. I want to put forth environmental initiatives to further prevent pressing issues such as climate change.
There are three categories my project is divided into, in which I will implement the money. The first category is “Simply Awareness.” It consists of raising awareness for the issue of global warming and climate change through the use of posters, social media, websites, speaking to people personally, and generally spreading the word. An example would be pushing those around me to use reusable water bottles.
The second category is “Taking Action.” This includes any activity requiring larger amounts of funds, time, and effort. An example of an initiative that I plan on starting up is my non-profit organization called “Project GreenEarth.” Project GreenEarth will have a website/social-media page where the public will be able to sign petitions, donate for a worthy cause, find ways to help save the planet and find information on events and fundraisers that I will be doing. These will help build a strong foundation for my organization and will hopefully provide the public with a way to encounter Simply Awareness, Taking Action, and Higher Power all on one platform.
The third and final category is “Higher Power.” This category includes any initiatives I wish to enforce but may require others in a higher position to enact them. An example is advocating for more greenhouses and biodiversity gardens within and throughout Canada.
My Beauty with a Purpose Project tackles the issue of global warming and climate change. Beyond any doubt, the ultimate goal for my Beauty with a Purpose Project is not to protect the environment. It is to create a world in which the environment doesn’t need protecting!