Miss Earth is an annual Beauty Pageant which is aimed at promoting Environmental Awareness. Carousel Productions organized and launched the first Miss Earth beauty pageant in 2001 to actively promote the preservation of the environment. Miss Earth is part of one of the Big Four International Pageants. Miss Earth is one of the most unique kinds of a beauty pageant which promotes the idea of ‘Beauty for a Cause’; all the contestants desiring to be crowned with the coveted title have to work for environmental and social causes and spread awareness.
The pageant winner is expected to be involved in international projects, which are also promoted during the pageant's broadcast. The delegates also take part in tree planting ceremonies, environmental and cultural immersion programs, sponsor visits and tours.
The winner of the Miss Earth Beauty pageant is bestowed the title Miss Earth; her runners-up are also given titles named after the other classical elements of life i.e. Miss Earth-Fire (equivalent to third runner-up), Miss Earth-Water (equivalent to second runner-up), and Miss Earth-Air (equivalent to first runner-up). Miss Earth is the only one out of the "Big Four" pageants which have individual titles for the runners-up
The crowns designed for this prestigious title are also pretty unique, the Crown and the Tiara’s are all made out of 100% recycled and handcrafted sterling silver.
Since its inception, Miss Earth pageant has been held annually in Philippines except in the year 2010, when it was held in Vietnam.
Katherine Elizabeth Espín Gómez of Ecuador was crowned as Miss Earth 2016 on 29th October 2016. At the same pageant, Miss Colombia Michelle Alejandra Gómez was titled the Miss Earth Air 2016, Miss Venezuela Stephanie Ysabel de Zorzi was adjudged the Miss Earth Water 2016, and Miss Brazil Bruna Zanardo finished as the Miss Earth Fire 2016.
Angelia Ong from Philippines was crowned as Miss Earth 2015 on 5th December 2015 at Marx Halle, Vienna, Austria. She succeeds Jamie Herrell from Philippines itself, making first back to back in the history of pageant. Miss Australia, Dayanna Grageda was adjudged as Miss Earth Air 2015, Miss USA, Brittany Payne was titled as Miss Earth Water 2015 and Miss Brazil, Thiessa Sickert was declared as Miss Earth Fire 2015.