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Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco: “Our Micro-Efforts Will Have a Macro-Effect”

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No matter how seemingly small your contributions are, in the grand scheme of things, they make a difference that could create a significant effect towards achieving your goal. When it comes to environmental issues, especially, small efforts create ripples, which could eventually form waves and finally shake the core of each and every individual to stir a tide of lifestyle change for the betterment of Mother Earth.

Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco knows this by heart.  Graduating cum laude with bachelor and master’s degrees in Applied Physics major in Medical Physics at the University of Santo Tomas, this lady is all too familiar with the concept of “what goes around comes around.” The law of cause and effect. Borrowing notions from this belief, it is not surprising then why her winning answer at the Miss Earth 2017 Q&A portion impressed many.

She was asked, “Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why?” To which, she replied, “I believe that the real problem in this world is not climate change. The real problem is us because of our ignorance and apathy. What we have to do is to start changing our ways, to start recalibrating our minds and redirecting our steps because together, as a global community, our micro-efforts will have a macro-effect to help save our home, our planet.”

Karen advocates the use of reusable, sustainable energy to reduce emissions in the atmosphere and, ultimately, lessen the effects of global warming. Two ways by which she takes her advocacy to heart is by promoting walking or cycling, to reduce environmentally hazardous emissions from vehicles.

Crowned by Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin of Ecuador, Karen is the fourth Filipina to win the Miss Earth title during the coronation night held last Saturday, November 4, at the Mall of Asia Arena.


Photos from @karenibasco (cover photo and thumbnail)