Ellie Goulding is a Climate Change Activist as Much as She’s a Pop Star.

VICE Impact chats with the Grammy-nominated artist on the roots of her activism, her role models, and how she is using her star power to champion environmental protection.

From encouraging her millions of fans to sign up for World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, to collaborating with jewelry designer Daisy London on a bracelet that funds environmental initiatives, Ellie Goulding is a champion for climate change. given a suggested song list, she took the opportunity to ask if she could sing about something related to climate change instead.

That’s why Ellie was awarded a 2017 Global Leadership Award on behalf of the United Nations Foundation. “When Ellie Goulding uses her voice, people listen,” says Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of United Nations Foundation. “She is using her platform to raise awareness about the need to safeguard our planet and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.”

In this interview with Vice Impact, Ellie reveals how her passion for protecting the planet stems deep from childhood and how she plans to use her platform to advance climate action.

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When British pop star Ellie Goulding was a little girl, thinking about our planet would keep up her at night. And while she discovered music as her life's purpose, her commitment to mother Earth has been with her since birth. "When I was really young I was really affected by the enormity of the planet. I am talking like six years old," the Grammy nominated artist told VICE Impact. "I was really affected just how spectacular the idea was that this is the only planet with livable life. I think I was really overwhelmed by that."

When fame found her at the age of 21 with the debut of her first studio album, Lights, the next five years flew by in a chaotic whirlwind of live performances and jam packed schedules. Goulding also dealt with crippling anxiety, which she has publically vocalized her struggle with and triumph over. But in the wake of her learning to fight her inner demons, something else happened.

"As [my anxiety] balanced out and I started to be at peace with what I do as an artist," she said. "It dawned on me as it came up more in the news that I could be seek out climate change … and everything came back to me from when I was a kid."

Goulding then decided to use her voice offstage to bring attention to the cause.

From encouraging her millions of fans to sign up for World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour, to collaborating with jewelry designer Daisy London on a bracelet that funds environmental initiative, she is ambitiously versatile in her efforts. She even used an invitation to appear as a guest on Sesame Street to reach the America's youngest television audience. When given a suggested song list, she took the opportunity to ask if she could sing about something related to climate change instead.

OCTOBER 20, 2017

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