CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Devon Life today CLICK HERE

We must look after the oceans, says Devon beauty queen Susana Barnard

PUBLISHED: 10:53 18 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:53 18 August 2014

Susana Barnard, photographed at Meadfoot Beach by John English of The Owl and The Pussycat Photography.

Susana Barnard, photographed at Meadfoot Beach by John English of The Owl and The Pussycat Photography.


Miss Earth Devon is on a mission to protect the seas from pollution and support the Marine Conservation Society

Susana Barnard, photographed at Meadfoot Beach by John English of The Owl and The Pussycat Photography.Susana Barnard, photographed at Meadfoot Beach by John English of The Owl and The Pussycat Photography.

Twenty-four year old beauty queen from Torquay, Susana Barnard will be competing in the Miss Earth UK Grand Finals taking place in Birmingham on 21 September.

She will be representing Devon and will be competing against young women from all over the UK in order to be titled Miss Earth England.

The Miss Earth pageant sees young women from all over the world compete to be titled ‘Miss Earth’ in order to become an ambassador and be able to campaign for environmental protection and conservation across the globe.

Susana has taken part in a number of activities for charitable causes. She has cycled from London to Brighton in aid of ‘The British Heart Foundation’, jumped out of an aeroplane in aid of a female cancer charity named ‘The Eve Appeal’. She is also a new blood donor.

Susana Barnard, photographed at Meadfoot Beach by John English of The Owl and The Pussycat Photography.Susana Barnard, photographed at Meadfoot Beach by John English of The Owl and The Pussycat Photography.

Now she has been awarded the title of Miss Earth Devon and aims to focus her energy on raising funds and awareness for The Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

It has recently come to her attention that the ocean is often neglected by humans because we only live on land so don’t see the need to protect it. She is currently working on a project where she makes new things out of recycled materials, sells them and donates the funds to MCS.

Susana’s current aim is to inform and educate the public on the impacts we have on our environment and demonstrate the simple ways in which we can improve it.

She says: “It is absolutely vital that we keep our land clean but keeping the ocean clean is just as important. Most of us know that the ocean covers the majority of the earth’s surface so it is imperative that we look after it.

“The ocean is home to millions of incredible species, some of those we encounter today, like the jellyfish which have existed before dinosaurs did and some, like the blue whale are so enormous they can weigh up to 200 tons. Even its tongue weighs as much as a whole elephant and its heart is the size of a car.

“According to the Marine Conservation Society beach litter is at its highest level since records began. It is washing up on shores killing wildlife, it looks awful, it is hazardous to the people’s health and it costs millions to clear up.

“Shockingly, there are nearly 2,000 items of rubbish for every kilometre of beach. Turtles will mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and the bags will block their stomachs which can often lead to their demise caused by starvation.

“MCS also state that plastic litter has increased 140% since 1994. They also state that ‘six out of seven species of marine turtle have become critically endangered due to human activities’. I am urging people to just take more care and notice of the sea. Don’t neglect it. Protect it. Keep it clean. The sea is home to millions and millions of creatures, some of which we eat. It is arguable that we could possibly be eating contaminated fish because they could be feeding from contaminated plankton and of course only because we contaminate their habitat.”

Susana says there are simple steps to help keep the ocean healthy:

• Stop using plastic bags. Use the re-usable ones instead.

• Stop using consumer products that contain micro-beads. Some facial scrubs and body wash contain this harmful ingredient which can kill sea life.

• If you notice pollution spill in the sea then contact your local council to report it. You should also contact the environment agency’s Pollution Hotline; it is the same free number wherever you may be in the UK -0800 807060

• If you are on the beach do not bury your rubbish in the sand. Use bins provided.

• Try not to put fats and oils down the sink.

• Do not flush rubbish down the toilet.

• Use water wisely. The less we use, the less there is to treat.

• Check your plumbing- Go to to make sure your home plumbing is correctly connected and isn’t polluting the environment.

• If you love to eat fish then make sure you choose sustainably. Use the fish to eat and avoid guide available from the MCS or download the iPhone app. Alternatively, visit

You can follow Susana’s journey by liking her Facebook page ‘Miss Earth Devon 2014’.

If you wish to support by donating you can do so via the Virgin Money Giving website and searching ‘Susana Barnard’ where she is currently raising funds for The Marine Conservation Society.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Devon Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Devon Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Devon Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

11 minutes ago

Actor Tom Burke talks to JUDI SPIERS about his production of Don Carlos staged by his own theatre company Ara, in association with Exeter’s Northcott Theatre

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

There is more to Georgia Toffolo than an award-winning TV show, as HOLLY EELLS discovers

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

Striving to be the best in the world, homegrown Devon professional squash player Lyell Fuller is seeking sponsorship to help reach his goal. KATE WILLAMS finds out more

Read more
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tavistock Rugby Club in Devon is celebrating after being awarded a grant of £2,500 to fund private showers for referees at their Sandy Park ground, as part of rural energy provider Calor’s annual funding scheme

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Devon’s Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, also known as The Black Farmer, tells KATE WILLIAMS about his new book, Jeopardy, encouraging the embracing of risk to enrich life

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

As five members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton celebrate 125 years of collective volunteering, we look back on their time with the organisation

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CAROLYN SEAGER reveals how long after her mother’s death she discovered her amazing career in the service of her country

Read more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

An author known for her novels depicting life on the Channel Islands is nonetheless happiest writing from home here in Devon

Read more
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fig Tree Court is a development of 14 apartments in Tiverton for retired and semi- retired over-55s with gorgeous views over the Grand Western Canal

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Alex Green goes behind the scenes on the Dartington Hall Estate to find a community of artists, makers, farmers, and social entrepreneurs living out the legacy of its founders

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Many people know of award-winning Roly’s Fudge, but do they know how much hard work and business insight goes into making it?

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Topsham businessmen Steve Williams and Pete Woodham-Kay take an ethical stance on eating meat | Photos: Nick Hook

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

As llama love grips the nation, we meet a Dartmoor couple who have spent the last 11 years making them their livelihood | Words: Lydia Tewkesbury

Read more
Friday, August 24, 2018

Aimee Pagliari is the Teignmouth Life Coach and she can help you achieve your personal, career or business success through a variety of holistic methods

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search