|MISS EARTH – U. S. A. – Abigail Royce
1. Q: Before arriving here, what are the first words /
things that come to mind when you hear the word “Philippines”?
And now that you’re here, what’s your impression of this country
A: First word that came to mind was
“Islands”. [NOTE: I have to transcribe the rest of her answer
– she gave a very good answer here, but even I cannot decipher my
2. Q: Have you done any special preparation for this contest?
If yes, what is it?
A: I have been working with various
environmental organizations in California and Florida and have been
studying about current issues affecting the world.
3. Q: What is the current environmental issue affecting your
country right now, and what is being done about it?
A: In my state, we have the
problem of rolling blackouts. My state government has since
set up new power plants, but doing that pose new problems, such as
the issues of acid rain and ozone depletion. For my country as
a whole, we emit a large amount of greenhouse gases to the
atmosphere. In my state, at least, some measures taken to
reduce that include taking carpools and having buses that run on
natural gas. But there is more to be done and we need to do
4. Q: How would you counter some peoples’ negative
perception of pageants?
A: People are entitled to their own
opinions. However, this type of pageant is not your typical
pageant because it espouses a cause. I believe this pageant
will provide an opportunity for media attention and promotion of
such a worthy cause like environmental preservation. Nobody
should object to promoting such causes.
5. Q: What is most important for you in joining a contest:
to win, to place, or to participate?
A: The experience, by far… And
I’m not saying this because I’m in this contest. When you win,
the money comes and goes, and the prizes come and go. However
the experience will stay with you forever.
6. Q: If you were chosen Miss Earth, what activities and/or
causes would you intend to focus on during your reign?
A: I would like to be involved in
every cause affecting each of us, but I would like to focus on
policy development and enforcement of environmental policies.