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Miss Earth Costa Rica 2019

COSTA RICA
LINDA AVILA

Height: 170 cm
Measurements: 36 in - 25 in - 36 in
Profession: Architect
Flower Name: Guaria Morada

Advocacy: We need a change in the mentality of each of the human beings that inhabit this planet, if we are not aware; the resources will be depleted or contaminated completely, making life impossible. Pura Vida is taking care of the environment and its resources.
Miss Earth Costa Rica 2019

WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL QUALITIES OF THE FLOWER? HEALING? FUNCTION?
The Guaria Morada flower symbolizes family, harmony and union. Costa Rica recognizes Guaria Morada as an integral part of folklore and tradition, bringing good fortune, peace, love and hope.

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 YEARS OLD).
In childhood, I was a quiet girl who lived with my mother and brother, and remembers enjoying riding my bike and playing basketball with my teammates, caring for my dogs and cats. Surrounding the pacific coast of Costa Rico are beaches, green plains where animals grazed, fruits are always bountiful. This is where I grew up, to appreciate the natural setting of my country and I feels fortunate to enjoy all this.

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
My most important memorable moment was a visit to my father in the United States after 10 years of not seeing him for so long.

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
I have a small family. I am the younger of 2 siblings, my mother teaches special education. My father migrated to the United States 17 years ago in search of better job opportunities. But each year we keep in touch, we always remind each other through letters of love and support.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
At age 11, I was already diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. I was the youngest case in my country, considering that in most cases only people above 14 contract this condition. I then had a slightly difficult time in my adolescence, but after going through this emotional experience, and being vulnerable, I learned loving and accepting myself more then ever. I understand that through exercise and good nutrition a person can be the best mental and physical version of themselves, but also that self-esteem and acceptance is important. This concept helped me see that whatever someone feels is radiated outside of him or her.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
We must promote awareness of how vital our natural resources are to life. In this way, people will know that we deserve to take care of these resources and in addition aid our economic development through tourism. Climate Change is directly related to one’s daily habits and in changing our daily habits, problems like drought which is a consequence of climate change, usually rampant in Costa Rica is then solved. And thus, using hydroelectric energy becomes easier to produce.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
I am proud of its friendly, hospitable and eager people, and of its culture, with so little territory, *but in spite of this* so large in biodiversity. I am grateful for the country in which I was born, which seeks strategies to conserve its natural wealth, creating protected areas, each view, each tree, flower, river, beach and volcano fill with pride and enthusiasm to promote the preservation of the environment.

WHAT CAN YOU PROMOTE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?
1. Its natural beauty
2. The joy of its people
3. The biodiversity of its flora and fauna.
4. The production of renewable energy.
5. The quality of life of the elderly.
6. A country without an army, which invests money from military forces in education and housing bonds.

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