Ellie Goulding, the chart-topping, award-winning British artist, has been appointed a UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador.
Just weeks after collecting a Global Leadership Award from the UN, the singer and songwriter now joins the ongoing battle to clean up the environment, tackle climate change and protect endangered species. It's no small task, and she knows it. “It’s a huge honor to become a UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador,” Ellie said in a statement, ‘Yes, we face huge global challenges, but we are also taking game-changing steps forward and that should inspire us."
In her new UN role, Goulding will focus “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.”
The 30-year-old pop star shared the news in Kenya, surrounded by giraffes at the Giraffe Manor in the suburbs of the capital Nairobi, where UN Environment has its HQ.
UN Goodwill Ambassadors often use their fame to deliver their urgent and universal message. Goulding, with a streak of star power and a hunger for hard work, fits the bill.
In 2010, Goulding doubled up by collecting the BBC's annual Sound of... poll and taking out the Critics' Choice Award at the Brit Awards. The following year, she won the Brit Award for best female solo artist. Her debut album Lights hit No. 1 in the U.K. on its release in 2010, as did its successor, Halcyon in 2012. Her third and most recent set, 2015’s Delirium, peaked at No. 3 in the U.S. and U.K. Goulding also has two U.K. No. 1 singles to her name and a pair of U.S. top 5 hits, including 2012's "Lights," which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In October, the United Nations Foundation honored Goulding with the New Voices Award in recognition of her environmental and social justice activism.
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