Miss Earth Pakistan 2020, Arooj Bokhari Interview

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WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD / GROWING UP YEARS? 

I learnt to be warm and affectionate to all, regardless of any difference. I was instilled with a deep respect for our planet and Mother Nature. I learned to co-exist with nature in harmony and to take from its bounty sustainably. 

CAN YOU SHARE A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT YOU FEEL HELPED SHAPE YOU AS A PERSON? 

At 12 years of age, was the first time I learnt that women experienced gender discrimination. It was in the local newspaper that I read an article detailing the challenges women faced. This came as a shock to me; I remember going up to my parents and asking them if this was right. 

It from that day I vowed I will do all I can to make the world a better place for all. Since then I have always held a soft place in my heart for those discriminated against, the vulnerable and downtrodden. Kindness is a virtue I value dearly. 

WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATION/CAREER AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? 

I am a highly commended human rights lawyer and Barrister, licensed in UK. I chose law as I wanted to improve access to justice for the vulnerable sections of our society. And to make this world a better place for all regardless of their cast, creed or color. 

From an early age I have been driven to serve and this ethos has shaped both my personal and professional life. And it is though my work that I have the honor to address the eminent Miss Earth Platform. 

WHAT ARE YOUR LIKES AND DISLIKES? 

I enjoy pristine beaches, sunshine and clean air that invigorates. I value spending time in nature with all its glory. Being at peace surrounded by twittering birds and swaying trees, is my idea of relaxation. 

I find it quite painful to see nature under threat from encroachment and over expansion by humans. Plastic littered beaches, oceans being used as garbage dumps and microplastic pollution are all things I find abhorrent. 

WHAT DO YOU ENVISION YOUR COUNTRY TO BE IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS? 

I hope Pakistan will still be leading the struggle for climate change and I would be a part of that great endeavor. I hope the world will learn from Pakistan’s example and may this drive a healthy race to be the best on climate change globally. And may our Guinness Book of World record be broken with countries rising to the challenge, all in the name of climate protection and reforestation! 

HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS? 

I see myself taking the cause of environment protection further, effecting positive change and making our world a better place for humans and creatures alike. I hope that in 5 years the whole humankind is collectively well on the path to curbing climate change. And I believe it my duty to play my part in this war for our survival. I for one will not rest until that is so; the road may be long and arduous but I for one will not give up! 

WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR COUNTRY REGARDING THE ENVIRONMENT NOW? 

Pakistan has an exemplary record on climate change and holds multiple global awards as a testament to our leadership in the fight against climate change. I offer my congratulations to my fellow countrymen and women on their great success. 

My message to you all is that we must continue on this path and preserve, for the World cannot afford for us to rest on our laurels and end our toils. We must now take this message to the world and share our knowledge and teach by our example.