Pop recording artist and songwriter Ellie Goulding is no stranger to using her name and huge fanbase to bring awareness to environmental and social justice issues. So it should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the philanthropic side of her career that she’s been given the responsibility of being appointed a U.N. Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador.
Officially announced by the United Nations Environment Program over the weekend, Goulding will continue her efforts in working alongside the global organization to “save the lives and habitats of people and animals by cleaning up our air and seas, fighting climate change and protecting species.”
Goulding had been honored earlier this fall by the United Nations Foundation with the Global Leadership Award for her work in improving social justice and environmental awareness. As part of her new title, a few of the initiatives which she’ll be focusing her efforts include the "#CleanSeas" campaign, which looks to shrink the amount of plastic currently polluting the world’s oceans, and educating lesser developed countries on modern cooking techniques that are less harmful for the air.
“It’s a huge honour to become a UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador,” Goulding said about her new philanthropic appointment in a statement. ‘Yes, we face huge global challenges, but we are also taking game-changing steps forward and that should inspire us … My focus will be on amplifying the activism of young people committed to creating a bright future. I want as many people as possible to become advocates for the planet.”
Goulding will also be headlining London’s Royal Albert Hall on Dec. 11 to raise money for the homeless in her home city. This will be the fourth straight year in which Ellie will be performing in hopes of bringing funds and awareness to the Streets of London nonprofit. Tickets for the show, which will also welcome some very special guests, are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.
I’m delighted to announce that I have become a UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador. Thank you to @unep head @eriksolheim for making it official @giraffe_manor. All witnessed by Ed the giraffe (he’s pretty special. Only 800 of his species left). Feel very honoured :) pic.twitter.com/tDbuAGFmev— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) December 3, 2017