Cloie Syquia Skarne, Miss Earth Sweden
Last August 29, 2016 Cloie Syquia Skarne was crowned Miss Earth Sweden in a very tough and exciting competition in Stockholm. Cloie will now represent Sweden in the Miss Earth Beauty Pageant 2016 to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila this coming October 29, 2016. Roots&Wings is very proud and honored to be granted this exclusive, intimate and light-hearted interview with Cloie in Stockholm. Our most heartfelt congratulations for winning this coveted title. Tell us, how does it feel to be Miss Earth Sweden and to represent this country in the Miss Earth Pageant? It feels great. Being able to raise awareness of how to help the environment on such a large platform is a blessing. Coming from Sweden I have so much to share when it comes to environmentally friendly choices and solutions. I am so proud of Sweden and the environmental philosophy we have here and the forward thinking practices of our government. What do you want to achieve in joining this pageant? I want to inspire others to help our planet. We all need to work together and always be aware of our actions so that we leave behind a better planet for the future generations. To achieve this we need to decrease climate change. In what ways do you think beauty pageants can help women? Beauty pageants can help women in many ways. Pageants often give women a chance to reach out to a larger crowd and share their advocacies. We have the opportunity to let many people know what is in our hearts and it gives us the possibility to make our dreams come true. Who is the most influential person in your life? My mother is the most influential person in my life. She has taught me many important and valuable lessons in life that I will forever cherish. I look up to her in many ways and love her very much. If you have a magic wand, what would you ask for? I would ask for the power to grant wishes, because then I could give immediate help to parts of the world and people that need it. However, without a magic wand we can all contribute and change things, even if it means just one step at a time. My platform for Miss Earth is combatting greenhouse gases. We can all make immediate steps towards this, as well as all make steps towards stopping climate change, by following the five Rs of rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect. The number one contributor to greenhouse gases, larger than all transportation methods combined, is the meat industry. If we simply make the healthy choice for our planet and our bodies to eat less meat and more vegetables, fruits and grains, we are making an immediate difference! What do you value most in life? Love. I value the relationships I have most. The friends and family I have in my life are what makes my life special. The memories I have with them are unforgettable and I can’t imagine how life would be without them. To me, the relationships I have with the people I love are the most valuable thing in life. How would you describe your own personality? I would say I’m honest and that I am mostly calm. I like to show the people in my life how much I appreciate them. Every day I try to treat others the way I would like to be treated and I think that’s a great way to approach many situations in life. If you win the Miss Earth 2016 title, what will be the first thing you will do? The first thing I would do is thank everyone who has helped me get here. I would want to share the happiness of being Miss Earth with many. Without their love and support I wouldn’t be who I am today, and I am forever grateful. If you can change something on Earth, what would it be? There are many things that could be changed on Earth. Right now I believe that the most important thing is that we must take climate change seriously. If we don’t stop climate change we will no longer have a beautiful earth to live on. By working together we can make the right choices for mother nature’s future. What is the most important lesson your mother has taught you? The most important lesson my mother has taught me has been how to love. I often think of one time when she told me ‘Emotions in life are what make it beautiful.’ And this is something I completely agree on. Love is something the world can never have too much of. Thank you so much Cloie for sharing your precious thoughts and time with us. We wish you all the very best of luck, happiness and fulfillment. May all your dreams come true. From the Autumn 2016 Issue of Roots and Wings. Read the Full Magazine here.