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MISS EARTH BELIZE
REYNA CHOJ

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS
From my childhood and growing years, I learned the enduring value of kindness, especially towards animals who lack a voice to speak for themselves. Through my kindness and shared interests, I formed valuable friendships with like-minded individuals. These connections opened doors to unique opportunities for me to explore and learn more about the incredible natural beauty of my country.

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
One of my most cherished memories would be the time I volunteered for the Scarlet Macaw Program with Friends for Conservation and Development. During this incredible experience, I had the opportunity to camp deep within the Chiquibul Forest of my country, Belize. As I ventured into the heart of the jungle, I was utterly captivated by the breathtaking beauty of this untouched wilderness. The sight of abundant wildlife along the riverbanks and in the towering trees left me in awe and made me realize just how much I had yet to discover about my own country. Over the course of a week, I participated in documenting data on nesting sites and recording sightings of various wildlife species. This immersive experience felt like a confirmation of my passion and purpose. It solidified my commitment to continuing to work towards preserving the natural wonders that Belize has to offer. The Scarlet Macaw Program not only allowed me to connect with the environment but also illuminated the importance of safeguarding it for future generations.

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
For most of my life, I was an only child, cherishing the undivided attention and love from my mom. However, nearly 20 years later, I was blessed with the arrival of a little brother, and it has brought immense joy to my life. Despite the significant age gap, watching him grow and develop has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I treasure every moment we spend together. My close relationship with my mom, who was my primary companion during my upbringing as an only child, has been a source of unwavering support and love throughout this journey, making our relationship even stronger.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
The most unusual thing I've ever done in my life was to enter a pageant. It all began with participating in a national pageant within my country, which eventually opened doors for me to represent Belize in the prestigious Miss Earth pageant. Friends and family who know me well found this decision rather surprising, as it was quite out of character for me. Nonetheless, I am immensely grateful for the overwhelming support I received from my loved ones, even though I was a newcomer to the world of pageantry.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
To promote ecotourism and combat climate change in Belize, a comprehensive approach is necessary. This includes educational outreach to raise awareness, upgrading the management of protected areas, sustainable infrastructure development, community engagement, sustainable practices among tourism operators, and much more. By implementing these strategies, Belize can protect its natural treasures and contribute to global climate resilience.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
I take immense pride in my country, Belize, for its remarkable diversity, encompassing both its rich biodiversity and its diverse people of cultures and ethnicities. The beautiful coexistence of these different communities is what truly makes Belize a magnificent and unique place. Our "little jewel" also stands out for its commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation, ensuring that Belize continues to thrive for generations to come. Belize's charm extends to tourism as well, drawing visitors from all over the world to experience our breathtaking landmarks and natural wonders. Our country's status as a birding hotspot is a testament to the incredible biodiversity we possess. It's amazing to witness how people from diverse backgrounds come together to explore, appreciate, and protect the treasures that Belize has to offer!

WHAT IS YOUR ADVOCACY?
My advocacy is centered around biodiversity conservation, a cause deeply inspired by the rich natural diversity Belize possesses. It's crucial to protect what we have for the benefit of future generations. To achieve this, educating our community, especially our children, is paramount. They are the future stewards who will one day have families of their own, and instilling in them good practices for maintaining a cleaner environment, responsible waste disposal, and understanding the importance of biodiversity and different species is pivotal. By nurturing this awareness and knowledge, we can ensure a sustainable and harmonious coexistence with the precious ecosystems that define our country.

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