Anika’s got the style
Friday, 17th May, 2019
By Emily Ferguson
Young local farmer Anika Molesworth has added another award to her list but this time the accolade comes from a fashion magazine.
Anika has been named among InStyle magazine’s Women of Style as a Farmer of Change and one benefit of this was to bring attention to the work of farmers during this period of climate change.
Each year InStyle celebrates remarkable people who are challenging the norm in the fields of science, the arts, business and humanitarianism.
“It was a great honour to be recognised in the Women of Style, Future Shapers Award,” said Anika.
“It was a thrill to be involved in the photoshoot and magazine article, walk the red carpet and attend the awards night.”
Anika, along with the other award recipients, will be profiled in the June issue of InStyle.
She said winning the award would help shine the spotlight on rural Australia. “I am so fortunate to work with farmers and agricultural researchers who spend their days working on issues pertaining to food security, environmental conservation and climate change solutions.
“These people who often live remotely and humbly, feed and clothe the world, are caretakers of our beautiful natural landscapes and the backbones of our nations. To work alongside people who do such meaningful and inspiring work is truly rewarding.”
Anika said that her family’s farm, Rupee Station, just east of Broken Hill, and her university research had led her to realise just how vulnerable farmers and the Far West was to climate change.
“We are experiencing extreme high temperatures for longer and are living through a drought with the lowest rainfall ever recorded.
“For the first time in over a decade Australia is now importing grain, which highlights the concern of climate change impacts on Australia’s food security. These concerns are not normal.
“However, there is a serious lack of political leadership on this issue, a disregard for science and woefully inadequate climate and energy policies, and that’s not good enough.
“Farmers can’t tackle climate change alone and I am driven to make sure they don’t. We need strong, credible, scientifically-backed climate and energy policies and we need proper strategies to help farmers adapt to changing conditions.”
Anika said the good news was that some of the solutions were already here, such as renewable energy from solar and wind, electric cars, efficient housing design and carbon capture.
“Climate change is not an issue of technology or know-how. We have the technology, we know what to do - this is an issue of leadership and coordination.”
“Shaping the future is about being ambitious. It’s saying ‘yes we can use our wisdom and technology to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy, we can capture carbon and store it in healthy vegetated landscapes, we will have vibrant rural communities well into the future because we will plan well today’.”
Anika believes that everyone can play a role by using their consumer, political and social influence.
“The enormity of the problem we face requires all of us to find ways to drive change,” she said.
“As a consumer, put your money towards products and services that are doing right by the planet. Use your political influence to press elected representatives to have strong environmental policies. Be informed with parties’ policies when you vote this weekend.
“Finally, use your social influence to amplify your voice, engage in the conversation and work with others on the solutions.”