Whilst Ellie Goulding is best known for being an accomplished singer and songwriter, she is also incredibly passionate about the environment and uses her platform to make a difference.
In recognition of her environmental and social justice activism, Ellie was recently awarded the United Nations Foundation’s New Voices Award. Accepting the award in New York from Munira Khalif, US Youth Observer to the UN, Ellie spoke about how her love for the natural world derived from growing up in the British countryside.
Revealing that she will be joining the UN Family as a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment in the New Year, Ellie pledged to fight for young people’s rights to access meaningful environmental education, which will allow them to be better informed. She also wants them to have a decisive voice and play a role in their future.
“I am an earth optimist. Through the Paris Climate Agreement and the Global Goals the UN has provided an extraordinary opportunity for us to come together to create a positive future. At the same time young people today are famously some of the most inclusive and solutions-orientated thinkers to ever walk on this planet. I want to use my platform to amplify their stories, bring them into the debate and to help fulfil their brilliant promise as global citizens.”
You can watch Ellie’s speech in full below.
Ellie also attended a panel session on climate action and was interviewed by Munira Khalif at the United Nations headquarters in New York for Facebook Live.