Miss Earth Beauty Pageant Crowns Queen of Mother Earth
By Jeff West
The following article appeared in the December 2, 2009 issue of The Times Examiner
Eighty contestants from all over the world competed from November 4-22 in the Miss Earth Beauty Pageant, held since 2001 when it was started by Carousel Productions of the Philippines. The winners were crowned on Sunday, November 22 and included: Miss Earth Water from Venezuela; Miss Earth Air from the Philippines; Miss Earth Fire from Spain; and the Miss Earth winner, Larissa Ramos of Brazil. Sunday’s finale was held at the Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center, in the Island of Boracay, Philippines.
The Miss Earth Pageant is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world with respect to the number of competitions held nationally that compete in the global contest. The winner travels worldwide promoting environmentalism. She serves as the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, which was created in 2004, for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and numerous local and international environmental groups and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). The main focus of the Miss Earth Foundation is to “educate” children in environmentalism and one of their main tools is its “I Love Planet Earth School Tour." The Miss Earth Foundation seeks to increase awareness of environmental issues from the local to the global level using the power of media including broadcasting. They participated in the December 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Bali. The Foundation works with numerous organizations globally including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Aside from the usual swimsuit and evening gown competition, the pageant also gave awards to the “Best in Eco-Bag Design Wear,” “Best in Eco-Design Wear” and “Best in Use of Indigenous Products Wear.” Miss Puerto Rico was named the “Face of the New Placenta” (that is not a typo, in her photo she appeared to be dressed up like a placenta).
The winner’s crown was designed by an ecological-friendly jeweler with “Preservation of Planet Earth” as the objective in the crown’s design, which was constructed totally with recycled precious metals to reduce environmental impacts. The gemstones used were donated by each of the eighty participant countries notable for that particular indigenous stone. The crown was engraved with the central motif of flowers. One report said “The recurring spiral motif has always been associated with Maternal Power and Feminine Prestige which is the Essence of Miss Earth. The gentle curves symbolizes (sic) Unity and the Spirit of Cooperation.”
Major countries such as China, USA, Russia, Israel, England, Scotland, Italy, France, Switzerland and Canada sent representatives. The festivities began with a press conference in which the contestants appeared individually before a microphone dressed in bikinis while talking about how they would save “Mother Earth” from threats such as “global warming” and “climate change.” (Note: It is surreal to watch anyone try to talk seriously about such deep subjects while they’re standing there half-naked.) The pageant ended with the final “question” which consisted of showing the eight finalists still pictures of dramatic environmental catastrophes with titles such as “Forest Fires,” “Flood,” “Land Erosion” etc. and soliciting comments. Miss Venezuela was so eager that when asked if she needed an interpreter, she grabbed the microphone and launched into her own environmental activist statement, saying “People, it’s time to react, it’s time to do something, it’s time to fight against world destruction…” Coincidentally, after her impromptu tirade, her topic was “Garbage,” to which she responded: “Garbage. People, it’s our fault. It’s there because of us. We all can do something. Embrace your duty. Try to do something. Change. It’s one world. It’s our home. Love it, as it loves you.”
Honestly, to hear young women from all over the world uniformly spout off such propaganda on cue is frightening. The most likely explanation is that this is the result of some global brainwashing scheme through mass media, and perhaps also their respective school systems. It would be statistically impossible for these contestants to become so indoctrinated with these same views while individually isolated from each other their entire lives.
This pageant is well-documented in video on the Internet, along with numerous articles. Given the pageant’s use of media and young women to spread their environmental agenda, and particularly in light of the media’s recent persecution of Carrie Prejean after she refused to endorse the gay marriage agenda in the Miss USA pageant and in her role as a beauty queen, it beckons one to take a closer look at the Miss Earth pageant. Carousel Productions is in partnership with ABS- CBN Broadcasting Corporation to operate the pageant. A video of the pageant produced by ABS-CBN begins with the following introduction: “The world’s most beautiful women have gathered for one common mission: to be a woman warrior out to protect Mother Earth.” The whole scenario reminds one of a modern-day pagan fertility ritual directing nubile young women to save Mother Earth from mankind’s destruction. The actual dressing up of a contestant as a placenta goes beyond the pale. Just who is behind all this?
ABS-CBN is owned by Benpres Holdings Corporation, which is owned by the Lopez family of Iloili, Phillipines through the Lopez Group of Companies, which owns 52.6% of Benpres stock. The Lopez family has large interests in public sector and utilities. ABS-CBN was started in 1946 and later became Asia’s first commercial television broadcaster in 1953. It has 42 subsidiaries and is primarily involved in radio and TV broadcasting. Benpres tried to branch out into water and sewer delivery in its Maynilad company in Manila, but had to recently divest itself due to financial problems beginning around 2005.
Benpres and Lopez had to settle $43 million of debt held by the Asian Infrastructure Fund (AIF) in November 2007. One of the investors of the AIF is the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). Others include billionaire investor George Soros through his Soros Fund Management's Asian Infrastructure Development Fund, among others.
George Soros is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Foreign Relations and donated large amounts of money to try and defeat President Bush in 2004. Soros sold short the British pound in 1992 and destroyed their currency. He was convicted by the French government of insider trading in an attempted takeover of a French bank, which was upheld in 2006 by the French high court. He has been called Obama’s “money man” and the Republican National Committee spokeswoman, Christine Iverson said “George Soros has purchased the Democratic Party,” as he tries to get socialist politicians elected. As a Hungarian native he was active in breaking apart the former Soviet Union, but apparently his ulterior motive is to implement a world socialist government. According to Kyle Ann Shiver of The American Thinker, “The bottom line is that George Soros is an internationalist; he always has been. He has even said that the only thing the U.S. does for him is issue his passport, which is itself an obsolete instrument of the even more obsolete nation-state concept.” Soros funds the group Drug Policy Alliance which wants to legalize drug use. The group is associated with famous New Age followers, such as Ram Dass, who experimented with LSD and later became a yoga and meditation mystic. Other New Age supporters include Arianna Huffington who has a famous liberal news website.
The IFC is one of five branches of the World Bank Group. The four others are: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD); the International Development Association (IDA); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Their website states: “The World Bank Group consists of five closely associated institutions, all owned by member countries that carry ultimate decision-making power. Each institution plays a distinct role in the mission to fight poverty and improve living standards for people in the developing world. The term ‘World Bank Group’ encompasses all five institutions. The term 'World Bank' refers specifically to two of the five, IBRD and IDA.”
Congress gave the World Bank $942.3 million in 2008 and the U.S. contributes a 24.1% share to the IFC. So our taxpayer dollars along with private investment bank dollars from socialists like George Soros are ultimately supporting organizations and corporations that are funding left-wing propaganda like environmental beauty pageants. It is particularly disconcerting to see how they are blatantly using young women and the media to target school children. It seems quite odd that in recent months we have seen two instances of beauty pageants using young female contestants to spread an anti-Christian agenda, combined with a concerted media involvement to either spread this message or destroy those who refuse to comply with their agenda. The overtly agenda-driven Miss Earth Pageant, its use of young women and the media to indoctrinate our children, and its socialist financial ties should be a blatant wake-up call to Christians that we are under a diabolical attack.