Zambian Kena Chibuye was crowned Miss Earth 2023 in Manila, Philippines on July 22, 2023. Chibuye is a secondary school teacher from Mkushi, Zambia, and has been active in climate change advocacy and community engagement for several years.
In an interview following her win, Chibuye said that she plans to use her platform as Miss Earth to continue raising awareness about climate change and its impacts. She also expressed her commitment to working with the Ministry of Green Economy and Environment to drive Zambia’s climate change mitigation and adaptation agenda.
“I am passionate about environmental protection, and I believe that everyone has a role to play in addressing climate change,” Chibuye said. “I am committed to working with stakeholders across Zambia to create a safe, clean, and green environment for all.”
In addition to her work in climate change advocacy, Chibuye is also a philanthropist who has been involved in a number of community social outreach programs. She has worked to clear debris from the Ngwerere stream and to advocate for the rights of marginalized and differently-abled individuals.
Chibuye’s win as Miss Earth is a testament to her dedication to environmental protection and her commitment to making a difference in the world. She is an inspiration to young people everywhere, and her work will help to raise awareness about the urgent need to address climate change.
Chibuye also thanked her manager, Naomi Banda, for her support and guidance throughout her journey to Miss Earth. She said that Banda was instrumental in helping her achieve her dream, and she hopes that Banda will continue to support other young women who are working to make a difference in the world.
The Miss Earth Pageant is known for its focus on projects aimed at preserving and protecting the Earth from activities that could jeopardize the safety and well-being of its inhabitants. Chibuye’s dedication to environmental advocacy and community engagement aligns perfectly with the pageant’s mission to promote sustainable practices and protect the planet’s natural resources.