Ellie Goulding may be a best-selling pop star, but she’s not in the business for glitz and glamor. When Goulding arrived in Dubai for the inaugural TIME100 Impact Awards and Gala, she spent her evening backstage with her backup singers and crew preparing for her performance. But Goulding wasn’t just in the United Arab Emirates on Monday to share her music with the crowd of global leaders; She also accepted a TIME100 Impact Award herself – in recognition of her many years of work promoting awareness of climate change.
Goulding took the stage during the star-studded evening at the Museum of the Future to share her acceptance, echoing concerns shared around the globe: “I am no different from anyone currently living on the planet. I suffer from anxiety and fear of world events. The climate crisis is never far from my thoughts,” she said. “Right now, Antarctica is 40 degrees hotter than it should be. The Arctic is 30 degrees Celsius hotter. This is the stuff of nightmares.”
“There is still a small window of opportunity, but we must act now,” she said. “Through action I receive hope.”
She also draws hope in knowing there is a global community working to make the world a better place and slow climate change: “There are millions of us working towards a different future. Our goal is a stable, rich biosphere that supports a healthy, peaceful human population. we can see it We can feel it.”
Goulding shared a stripped down rendition of three of her hits to close out the TIME100 Impact Awards and Gala: “Power” and “Flux” from the 2020 album Lightest blueand the platinum single “Love Me Like You Do”, backed only by three backing vocalists.
This was Goulding’s first live performance in person in 2022. Shortly before her performance, she caught up with her backstage and admitted that returning to the stage after her hiatus was strange; she became a mother in the meantime. But some things are worth the challenge.
She reiterated that finding climate solutions can often feel like a mountain climb when there is hope – in the form of next generation engagement.” Young people are already tuned in, engaged, informed. You already know. I haven’t met a young fan who wasn’t worried about climate change. It’s really the leaders – the rulers – that need to be enlightened,” she said.
Goulding, a dedicated United Nations Environment Program goodwill ambassador, recently spoke at last year’s COP26 climate change conference, urging politicians and leaders to use their power to put our environment first. This fight, she says, continues.
She recognizes her unique position as a star with audiences – and has decided to use it to spread the word while setting an example as an environmentally conscious touring musician. While she is currently working on an album, she is already preparing for future shows. Next: Find a way to make their entire tour experience carbon neutral.
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