Anika Palekar is a junior at Panther Creek High School. She is from Cary, North Carolina. She believes climate change is an extremely important issue, especially to her and others in her generation. Since joining the Fellowship, Anika helped organize the North Carolina Climate Justice Summit, an event that drew hundreds of young people and other stakeholders together to discuss challenges and solutions on climate and its disproportionate effects on people of color like her.
She recently marched in the Raleigh March for Science, and organized an Instagram takeover with several local partners to build awareness for the event. This spring, Anika organized a climate education watch party with other young people at a local Raleigh high school to educate youth about climate change and inspire them to take action with her. Earlier this year, she also traveled to the North Carolina State Capitol to meet with her elected officials to educate them about the science of climate change and the movement for climate justice.
She first became interested in climate change in high school through a program at NC State University, where she worked with a mentor on an experiment about climate change. It was through this project that she realized how prevalent climate change was, and how little people her age knew about it. Anika made it her personal goal to be able to educate as many as she could on the real, scientific facts of climate change.
In her free time, Anika is a Girl Scout working on her Gold Award, and the Athletic Trainer Student Aide for the Wrestling Team at her school. She loves NC State and hopes to go there for majors in Environmental Science and Spanish, because if there is one thing she loves more than climate change, it's learning Spanish. She also loves watching Grey's Anatomy, Riverdale, and the Flash in her spare time.