MISS OCEAN™ - TOPICS
The interview is just as important points wise as the other judging stages of the contest.
In conversation with the competition judges you will be asked questions on a series of subjects that if you do not know much about, you are advised to brush up on. You will be asked to comment on the following topics by not necessarily in that order:-
3. Acid Oceans
4. Equality for Women and Human Rights; how far have we come globally
5. Financial Equality; a right to affordable living for every person
6. World Sustainability and what in your opinion might constitute a Circular Economy
These are not easy subjects for any contestant to give a reasoned point of view in a short interview. You are advised to read the most recent headlines.
EXAMPLE 1. - climate change was denied by hundreds of politicians and corporations in the quest for profits. Only recently has President Obama and the United Nations admitted the importance of taking action.
EXAMPLE 2. - Ocean plastic is choking wildlife, but it took 30 years for the subject to reach the headlines. Scientists now realize that this is one reason that fish stocks are at an all time low. They also made the link with toxins attached to the plastic that fish ingest and the food we eat.
EXAMPLE 3. - Home ownership is no longer viable for average people, where few developers are building affordable houses - effectively enslaving this and the next generation of young families. This is a major failing on the part of any administration that may have policies that promote a landlord (rental) based economy - such as in the UK at the moment.
EXAMPLE - Subservience for women is a way of life in many developing countries. Women are treated like property. In some geographical regions, women are second class citizens without a voice, or a vote and they are exploited, and yet we have women in high office from Africa and Asia.
EXAMPLE - And finally, attitudes need to change if we are to create a truly sustainable society based on a Circular Economy. A Circular Economy is one that the planet can sustain. An example of an issue that cannot continue with serious social unrest, is Inflation and Economic Growth. Economies must be based on what mother earth can comfortably support - naturally. Not super-heated economies reliant on fossil fuels and continued increases in output for short-term stock market profiteering. Many would consider that to be immoral earnings.
WOW - That's a whole lot of rotten eggs in several moldy baskets.
TIP: Pick the subject or subjects that interest you most and don't delve too deep - but know enough about the topic that you do not get caught by surprise. Pick a topic that you will be able to speak on best. Nobody is expected to know about all of these topics, or be an expert on even one of them. Keep it light, but be prepared to back up any views that you state at a conversational (or controversial) level, should a judge ask for more.