Anika Molesworth is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action. Hailing from her family's sheep station near Broken Hill, far western NSW, it was the impact of decade-long Millennium drought on her farm that spurred her interest in climate change, and how to ensure sustainable and vibrant farming landscapes into the future. The crippling drought and suffocating dust-storms filled Anika with a determination to speak out about the changes she was witnessing on the land and in her community - her vivid visual descriptions and emotional accounts have led her to become a prominent rural spokesperson and has taken her around the world.
Anika is an agroecologist who has expertise in agricultural science and has competed a Bachelor of Science specialising in Agribusiness, a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture, and a PhD in Agricultural Science. She has been working in international agricultural development for the past six years, giving her a holistic perspective of agricultural issues at global scale. Anika is a founding director of Farmers for Climate Action, a movement that puts farmers on the frontlines of climate change at the centre of climate solutions. She writes frequently on her own website Climate Wise Agriculture, and is a prominent youth voice in rural Australia with the Youth Voices Leadership Team.
Awards include: 2015 Young Farmer of the Year, 2016 Al Gore Climate Reality Leader, 2017 Young Australian of the Year NSW Finalist, and 2017 NSW Young Achiever Award for Environment and Sustainability. In 2018, Anika won the Green Globe Awards Young Sustainability Champion, the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Award for Agricultural Innovation and was named by 350.org Youth Champion for Sustainability. In 2019, Anika received the Women of Style Future Shapers Award, and was recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a Woman of Influence.
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