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MISS EARTH BANGLADESH
ANIKA BUSHRA MARIYA

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS
Describing my childhood, I'd say it was far from ordinary. I was much like the girl next door, and I carried no shame in that; if anything, it brought me happiness. It made forging friendships effortless. Academically, I was a moderately good student, but above all, I was adored by everyone. I didn't strive to be extraordinary, and that, I believe, made it easy for others to love me.

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
One of my most memorable moments was when I was selected to study at the prestigious University of Dhaka in our country. However, I must say that this has recently been surpassed by the honor of being crowned as a representative of my nation at Miss Earth.

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
I was born in Naogaon, a small town where women face challenges in pursuing their dreams and achieving financial independence. In such an environment, it's rare to find women pursuing careers outside the home. However, my mother is a remarkable exception, successfully juggling her job in a government organization and her household responsibilities. She is my superhero, and I aspire to follow in her footsteps.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
The most unusual thing I've done is joining a pageant. Since childhood, I've read about the importance of a country having at least 25% of its land area covered with forests. However, Bangladesh had only 17% in 2008, and it's even lower now. This made me wonder how I could make a larger-scale impact to increase that percentage. I believe that participating in Miss Earth will provide me with the stage to pursue my childhood dream and contribute to this cause.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
One of the primary reasons for climate issues is our indifference towards it. To promote ecotourism, it's essential to first acknowledge our past actions and then work on changing our mindset. Additionally, educating children about the critical environmental challenges our planet faces is crucial, as they are the future and hold the potential to create a world where climate change is a thing of the past.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
I take pride in my country, primarily due to its rich historical legacy. We are the only nation globally that had to fight for the right to speak our language. Furthermore, despite the presence of corruption in every sector, our war-torn country has made significant progress, which is truly remarkable.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVOCACY?
My advocacy is titled 'Not Voluntary, but Mandatory.' I've been working with children since 2020, spreading awareness about the crucial importance of quality education for them. Our children are the future leaders, and it's our responsibility to educate them about the reality of climate change. To all parents, it should be their solemn duty not only to teach their kids punctuality and the value of honesty but also to instill the idea that tree planting is a mandatory task. This way, the message will become ingrained in their minds, and they may help create a world where nature is nurtured rather than tortured.

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