Miss Earth Northern Ireland Amira Graham hoping to make splash in Philippines
Published 27/09/2013 | 01:30
She's been hunting for badger setts and clearing up litter in the Belfast Hills all summer.
It's a far cry from the glamour of the Miss Earth competition finals in the Philippines, where Amira Graham will represent Northern Ireland.
The 19-year-old Belfast student is in her second year studying law at Trinity College Dublin and hopes to specialise in environmental law after graduating – promoting renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.
Now that Amira has been named Miss Earth Northern Ireland, she has pledged to raise awareness for Belfast Hills Partnership and encourage the community to get involved.
"Throughout the year we hold river clean-ups and wildlife and badger surveys," she said.
"The reason we need to know where the badger setts are is so that we can monitor, assess change and also prevent wildlife crime, such as badger baiting. This is where a badger is dug out of its sett and used to fight dogs for sport."
Miss Earth is the only beauty competition designed to raise awareness of green issues.