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Miss Earth Korea 2019

KOREA
HEEJUN WOO

Height: 173 cm
Measurements: 35 in - 24 in - 36 in
Education/Profession: Bio-Mechanical Engineering Student and a Kabaddi National Player
Flower Name: Rose of Sharon (Mugunghwa)

Advocacy: As an athlete I could participate in many international competition in the past. Every moment I could feel proud of my position and being national player it was big honor for me to have won a medal to enhance our national prestige. So it made me change my personal advocacy and help me to set my life goal to face with all the prejudices. Even if there is big prejudice for my position or my background issues, I’ll never step back from them or be ashamed of myself. Also same as our global nature problem, some minority of people think that if they take into environmental protect action, it can’t effect or make any big difference. So I want to stand for those people to make changes in their thinking so that every one of them can make a big difference by taking action into their daily lives. So I want keep my advocacy through this miss earth 2019 and promote my idea and try to face with all the negative ideas as well. Also as athlete or army officer, some people think in some negative way and make their own limitation for my position. Moreover these days they still think that doing these jobs as woman has big differences and limitation. I hope we can work together more on equal status, human rights and treatment for both man and woman, so I hopefully we can see big changes in the next 5 years.
Miss Earth Korea 2019

WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL QUALITIES OF THE FLOWER? HEALING? FUNCTION?
Mugunghwa has 3 detailed meaning as national flower. Its stands for Sincerity, patience and delicate beauty.

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 YEARS OLD).
I like sports since I was very young. I did track & field, stunt cheerleading and KABADDI which is national sport of India, now I’m one of national player in Korea as well. Actually my father influenced me a lot to be an athlete. He was also one of Taekwondo player and now working as a detective in Korea National Police Agency. So basically I spent my childhood with doing sports and participated many international competition for a medal. So now I have many international athlete friends and unforgettable memories as national player and its gave me a big effect to create my life.

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
Probably, participated Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia was most memorable moment for my life so far. Because it was most biggest competition for Kabaddi game and I tried so hard to participate this competition as national player about 5 years, so basically it was my dream experience. I played every game in Jakarta and our women team got 4th place as well. I could learn a lot of things I’ve never experienced in the past.

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
My father gave me a big influence for my life as athlete. Also he is a detective in Korea, so he taught me a lot about patriotism for my country and informed me how important to enhance the national prestige.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Actually I’m a ROTC student in Korea. ROTC is a reserve officers training corps where we study and learn about how to be a officer in army. So I joined military training for 2 months every year and after 1 year and half I will be commissioned as officer in army in 2021. So still every moment and training camps are so new for me but I want to do my best and work hard to achieve my goal as Korea officer in army.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
Eco-tourism is a way to observe environment damage and understand the natural environment thru toruism. I don’t think it’s a big work or things to do with a lot of effort. These days, there are various types of tour and nature conservation or voluteer work programs and learning animal and plants that live in a certain area as well. By small actions like energy saving in the hotel, using public transportation and respect visiting area’s nature, we can make big change by working together. Also for climate change, if we try to show our perception and behavior changes in to action we can deal with and react with this global issues together.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
I had an experience with working at Korea Tourism Organization as english interpreter. So I could meet many tourists from abroad countries. Basically, I gave them all the different Korea tour information like 'traditional food','try traditional clothes' and 'stay in Hanok, traditional house in Korea’. So not only curious about our modern culture or K-pop, they often asked me all the places or cultures with our country's history. It was makes me to have big proud of our country and feel more honor for my position to work at same time.

WHAT CAN YOU PROMOTE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?
Korea is one of country that has great tourism resource and facilities which means Korea has possibility to promote eco-tourism as our another main strong point. I think it is not difficult to start in, we can easily start by small action in our travel environment. Like anywhere you go, not harm the nature, using eco-friendly system to enjoy and think of the way you can travel with saving the nature on your area. Its not making another facility or things to enjoy, you can make your own rules to do your own eco-tour and feel more full-heart during your journey.

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