THE Miss Earth South Africa regional finalists came together at Tsogo Sun Gold Reef City Theme Park in Johannesburg recently.Participants toured the Pikitup Southdale Depot in order to get an better understanding of waste and the journey thereof.The Miss Earth South Africa campaign for 2016 is #WasteStopsWithME. The objective is to create an understanding of the problem and to highlight the importance of each individual’s impact. This was followed by a tour of Johannesburg CBD, where the team saw hijacked buildings, illegal dumping, informal recycling depots and the challenges of waste.The story of informal pickers, landfill space and water contamination were all issues that were unpacked and discussed. Empowering these young women to be ambassadors in the waste sector. The programme included yoga sessions by Lorna Jane, a workshop by Edith Venter on the attributes of a brand ambassador. Finance and the management of money was addressed by Thabo Hollo from Nedbank, and the finalists were given a basic understanding of what planning they should be doing as young women.Ella Bella, director of Miss Earth South Africa explained: “We have to create a balance in our young women. We want them to understand wellness, finance and the environment while balancing their EQ with their IQ. “The Miss Earth South Africa is looking for an environmental spokesperson, that understands the challenges that we are facing, and that can be a role model and a mentor to the younger generation. The finalists have rolled out several educational waste campaigns and community clean ups, they came together to share their stories and experiences. “Working with people across all ages is rewarding and creates a shift in mind-set. Our objective is to find solutions to waste. I believe we are succeeding.”Mireesha Narsai from Kloof, rolled out her waste project at Ingane Yami Primary School, teaching children about waste and recycling. She loves to be creative in the kitchen and enjoys developing recipes and is passionate about the environment. - Supplied.