Miss Earth is on the case

11 November 2015 - 02:39 By Leonie Wagner


Don't worry Mzansi, Miss Earth South Africa is tackling the country's water crisis. Carla Viktor, 24, will be representing South Africa in Austria next month where she hopes to tap other eco-friendly minds about climate change and environmental issues such as those placing South Africa's water supply under threat.Yesterday, as the Hartbeespoort beauty prepared to represent her country, she donned her African print doek and national flag-inspired garment with the swagger of a Tsonga or Ndebele matriarch.Viktor exudes authenticity and genuine passion for the environment and the country.As she shares her environmental vision with participants from more than 100 countries, the water crisis at home will weigh on her mind."If I could bring back water I would, but the most important things I can bring back are solutions, by asking others how they addressed or prevented such a problem."Johannesburg residents have been banned from watering gardens between 6am and 6pm.Viktor, who spent the weekend at home, said Hartbeespoort Dam was at its lowest level since she's lived there."We should not have waited until we were in this crisis to do something; we should have seen the signs. I almost feel like it's too late, but I don't want to be negative," she said.Viktor will draw inspiration from her outfit, her doll Ntombi, and her grandmother's wedding ring - all reminders of home."There's no better time for Miss Earth to be relevant than now, because every country is showing signs of climate change."It's an exciting time to be alive but we are going to have to work hard to combat the destruction we've caused," she said.

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