UGANDA, a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria, is known for its abundant wildlife that includes endangered gorillas and chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a famous mountain gorilla sanctuary, while Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43 meter-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
In the middle of big mountains and vast forestland, one would wonder how have they found a pearl!
Victor Daisy Nabagereka, the National Director of Miss Earth Uganda, is the one behind this conquest. Together with Uganda’s National Forestry Authority and National Environment Management Authority, they have joined hands in making Miss Earth Uganda a mechanism in spreading environmental awareness across the country. After several weeks of preparation and searching for the perfect spokesperson for this advocacy, they have finally found Pearl Asasira Brenda, who was crowned Miss Earth Uganda 2015 in September.
Uganda’s has been present in the Miss Earth Pageant only thrice: 2002, 2007 and 2008. This year is a big comeback since a national pageant was organized and a good participation from across the country was observed.
Backed by a good national organization and a sustainable advocacy, are we going to see Uganda taking its first semi-final slot in the Miss Earth 2015 pageant?
Let’s meet Uganda’s Ebony Pearl who will be taking on the challenge!
PEARL ASASIRA BRENDA
On her National Pageant:
“I was selected through a national competition carried out across the country, eleven finalists were selected, and on 5th September, I emerged the overall winner as Miss Earth Uganda 2015.”
On Climate Change and her Environmental Advocacy:
“Climate change has been a global issue, bringing about deteriorating effects in human health, drought, landslides and food insecurities as witnessed here in my country Uganda.
As an earth warrior, I have participated in tree planting events such as ‘The ROTARACT Earth Initiative’ with a goal to plant 10 million trees by 2020, where i planted a few trees around Uganda myself.
I have also participated in the Annual Energy Efficiency Week to promote energy efficiency as a way to save energy and fight climate change.
With the strong belief that education is key, I have visited schools, spreading awareness to the youth about conserving their home, our beautiful planet Earth, I have sensitized them about respecting their environment, adapting eco-friendly ways and appreciating nature through eco-tourism, my platform. I believe it’s our collective responsibility to protect and nurture earth, and the only way we can do this is to get everybody involved.”
As Element of the Earth:
“The element that best represents my personality is Earth because Earth cannot exist without air, water or fire, which reflects on my personality. I cannot live without God, family and friends and the burning desire to make a significant change in the environment and make it better for the future and children of tomorrow. “
Expectations on Miss Earth 2015:
“I am the kind of person who likes making new friends and having fun, am definitely excited to meet all the contestants and be friends with them, share different cultures, languages and beliefs, because we are all here for one cause, and that is to save our planet earth, that in itself is a strong bond among us, that makes us the strong and beautiful women we are.”
I AM A WOMAN OF THE EARTH BECAUSE I have a voice, that I am using to make a difference in the world today, through inspiring the youth to take care of our environment, to empower young women like myself, and show them that opportunities are limitless, and that if you have a dream, to make our planet a safe and clean place to live in, take it, and inspire more young women to pursue this amazing cause, so that we can save mother earth.
PEARL ASASIRA BRENDA
Miss Earth Uganda 2015