Without a doubt, the biggest problem our environment faces today is climate change. It's so disappointing that despite how much scientific evidence is out there to prove it's devastating effects - so many world leaders and people who hold positions of power choose to ignore it. It's not only about rising temperatures. Climate change leads to extreme weather events, rising oceans and a decreasing global food and water supply. For me personally, as an animal bioscientist, the saddest consequence is that so many incredible animals are going extinct. Although all of this is the case, it's important that we all do our part to try to protect the environment and inspire those around us to get involved too. It all has to start somewhere, I like to think that it can be with this years batch of Miss Earth Australia candidates!!