MISS Solomon Emily Chan will raise her voice on Climate Change issues affecting the country at the Miss Pacific Pageant show in Nadi, Fiji next week.
Ms Chan jetted out of the country on Monday with the responsibility to share the issue of climate change in Solomon Islands to the Pacific.
“As a young contestant who wishes for a brighter future I’d like to add my voice to share the issue of climate change in our country with other pacific countries,” she said.
Ms Chan said the major issue she will raise is on sea level rise which is this year’s theme “Climate change, sustaining our islands”.
She said prior to her departure that she had had an audience with the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Tourism, WWF, Ministry of Education and the Visitor Bureau and met with climate change experts to get information about climate change.
“From my meetings I learnt that sea level rise has affected our small Islands and I am confident to share it with my fellow contestants,” she said.
Ms Chan said climate change is a broad issue that has been raised over and over again around the world so as a young ambassador she will join her fellow contestants to keep raising the issue.
She said while the Miss Pacific Islands promotes cultures of the Pacific region it is time for young people to raise their voice on climate change.
She believes that what she will share about climate change will add value to her performance at the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant.
Director of Miss Solomon Islands Pageant Joyce Konofilia said she is confident Miss Chan will be competitive.
“She has been focusing well and has gone through lectures with prominent people who are experts in climate change.
“I am sure she fully understands the issue of climate change because that is the main topic that each contestant will talk on,” she said.
Mrs Konofilia said their preparation for this year is inclusive and she wishes to acknowledge the platinum sponsor Honiara Hotel and other partners who supported Miss Solomon Islands.
The Miss Pacific Islands will be held in Nadi, Fiji at Prince Charles Park from December 2-8.
By CHARLES KADAMANA