Sheridan Mortlock, 22, of Paddington, New South Wales, Australia is one of the 89 candidates of Miss Earth 2022. It is the 22nd edition of the international beauty pageant that advocates for environmental awareness, conservation and social responsibility.
Miss Earth 2022
Representing the Philippines, Baguio City’s Roxanne Baeyens, 25, is Miss Earth-Water 2020. She was second runner-up to Miss Earth 2020 Lindsey Coffey, 30, of the United States, who was crowned in a virtual ceremony on November 29, 2020.
On November 21, 2021, Coffey’s successor Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner, 26, of Belize was also crowned virtually. On November 29, 2022, Wagner will crown her successor at the Okada Manila in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines.
The theme of Miss Earth 2022 is ME Loves Fauna. The 89 candidates are asked to choose an animal native to their respective countries, which will be part of their journey to the crown.
On September 4, 2022, Mortlock competed against 17 other candidates at Miss Earth Australia 2022 at Hyatt Regency Sydney in Sydney and won the title. Before this, she was a Miss Earth Australia 2019 runner-up and a Miss Earth Australia 2020 runner-up.
If Mortlock makes it to the Top 4 of Miss Earth 2022, she will be the international beauty pageant’s third winner from Australia. Both Miss Earth-Air 2015 Dayanna Grageda and Miss Earth-Air 2017 Nina Robertson are from the Oceanian country.
Mortlock is studying global sustainability and politics at the University of Wollongong in Wollongong, New South Wales. She aspires to join the Australian parliament to help create a better Australia, especially in terms of sustainability and environmental changes, and she chose to represent the swift parrot at Miss Earth 2022.
Considered critically endangered, swift parrots could be extinct by 2031. This species of broad-tailed parrot is found only in the southeastern part of Australia.
Nine sites in New South Wales have been identified by BirdLife International as being important for swift parrots. These are Brisbane Water, Capertee Valley, Hastings-Macleay, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie, Richmond Woodlands, the South-west Slopes of NSW, Tuggerah and Ulladulla to Merimbula.