Birth Name: Marion Dyrvik HomlongMiss Earth 2011
Birth Date: (age 22)
Birth Place: Trondheim
Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Birth Date: (age 22)
Birth Place: Trondheim
Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
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What environmental project will you create to promote the protection of Mother Earth and why?
Norway is capable of becoming 100% self-sufficient by taking advantage of our natural energy resources. We can personally benefit from a green existence and set an example as a socially responsible nation. In addition to reducing total energy consumption by choosing more energy efficient solutions, it is crucial to facilitate more renewable emissions-free energy. This can gradually replace the existing high usage share of fossil energy and the emissions associated with it. Norway has significantly higher emissions per capita than the average of the UN's member countries, oil and gas exports excluded. We have a large potential for improvement where wind power in conjunction with hydropower is an important part of the solution.
The oil that we have benefited from and depended on for nearly half a decade, will be gone in x number of years. Focusing on a green lifestyle can change our population's entire existence!Creating green houses fueled by geothermal heat can ensure food independence in Norway. I want to raise awareness on this matter and find examples on how we can execute it. Heat from the earth can provide huge amounts of energy, up to a hundred times more energy than hydroelectric power. Norway could become a world leader in geothermal energy. We can export earth-heat and use it for year-round greenhouses, geothermic heat pumps and cooling systems. The trend is increasing, and as long as we take action and demand action, you and I can do what was once thought to be impossible.
What makes you proud of the country you are representing, and what can you promote about your country?
What makes me proud about Norway is our focus on peaceful solutions and ability to stand together through difficult times. While being a humble nation, we have brought forward some of the greatest painters, writers and winter sports' athletes in the world. Norway has the most beautiful contrasts, including tall mountains and narrow fjords, Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights.
The unique natural surroundings of my local area were created during the last ice age, when glaciers carved out deep fjords and shaped the high mountains. The fjords, stretching for 62 miles, are 600 - 700 metres deep, with peaks that reach up to 2,000 metres above sea level. The Geiranger Fjord and its surrounding area were included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2005. Sometime around the mid 1800s, Sunnmøre and Geiranger were discovered as travel destinations by British mountaineering pioneers. According to National Geographic, the Geiranger Fjord is the most exotic tourist destination internationally!
I encourage everyone who are looking for an alternate Holiday, to come to Norway and experience our wild waterfalls, pristine green vegetation and azure blue waters. Visiting Sunnmøre is like a time travel many hundred years back, because of the clean environment and the many animal farms and cultivation fields you will spot on your way. Norwegians love visitors, we are curios and friendly and will not hesitate to offer a helping hand. We are a fun-loving people with tons of humor, who love to meet new people and travel to different parts of the world. Yet, we know the best part is coming home.
Describe your childhood/growing years.
I remember my growing years being a time of multiple changes, both scary and exiting. I remember not wanting to "grow up". Being an adult seemed so boring! I was a girl who was very certain of my beliefs. I wanted to be seen, I wanted to be heard and I wanted to be understood. I was very drawn to the creative and imaginative aspects of life, I loved to paint and began to sing and write at an early age. From the age of six I knew I wanted to be a singer. As my friends started their studies and careers in more traditional fields, I never outgrew my childhood dream. I still have my mind set on becoming a singer, model and international beauty queen.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
One of the most important things I have learned from life, is that you are responsible for your own happiness. What you project into the universe you will get in return. If you live an honest life and treat people with love and respect, you are more likely to get it back and more able to apply it to other areas of life and achieve success. I will never step on anybody to get to the top, even if I have to work twice as hard or twice as long to reach my goals. I have learned to think for myself and make my own decisions, because every choice has its consequence.
What is your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was when I decided to take charge of my life and not let it be dictated by a man. I chose to follow my own dreams, living my life to the fullest and loving myself and everything that I choose to be in it. I realized that no one can do anything to you unless you let them, and that we have the power to create our own lives through our thoughts and actions.
What is your environmental advocacy?
Pure water is an absolute necessity for our existence, yet more than one billion people have no source of drinking water. There is far more bottled water sold in the world than all the sodas combined. This keeps the large distributors wealthy, as they exploit the possibility to make huge profits from selling large amounts of bottled water. Most of this water is bottled at community sources that are public and cheaply obtained, and then sold for a price equivalent to that of gasoline.
It takes nearly three liters of fresh water to make just one litre of bottled water. We use a significant amount of fossil fuels just to make the bottles. The production and transportation of bottled water generates more carbon dioxide and pollution. Nearly 90% of bottles are not recycled, and plastic does not biodegrade.
This trendy, expensive water is rarely available to the people that really need it. In Kibera, you pay three times more for a bottle of water than in Manhattan or London. Close to half the population of the developing world is suffering from water-related diseases. In 2006, the average British person used 160 litres of clean water every day. In rural Mozambique or Ethiopia, people use what the women can carry back from lakes and rivers in a bucket: approximately 5-10 litres per person.
In 2011, many states have banned the use of bottled water at public events, and people are starting to look into alternative methods of purifying their drinking water. Home water filtration systems are making their entry, and we know of mineral products that can purify even the most contemned water in a matter of minutes. We are learning that many plastic bottles release estrogen-like chemicals into our water. My advice is to buy a reusable water bottle that does not contain Bisphenol A or BPA-like toxins, and to recycle everything else.
We need to realize the negative effect that bottled water has on our environment, ground water levels and ourselves. This is a time of changes, and it is time to let go of our consumer habits and think twice about our lifestyle choices. Pure drinking water is a basic requirement of life, not a commercial product. We must take care of each other, and we must take care of the Earth.