Ellie Goulding Champions for Climate Change at COP27, Urging World Leaders to Save Our Coral Reefs
Although Ellie Goulding has been one of the most pronounced female artists in the electropop space, she’s also known for her heart and hand in philanthropy. Her most recent appearance and call-to-action was at the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Change Conference (COP27), where countries come together to intercede climate change. During this conference, Ellie Goulding called on all world leaders to “see what’s at stake” in the Egyptian Red Sea Coral Reefs, by jumping in and seeing for themselves.
The Sharm El-Sheikh venue for COP27 is conveniently located on the doorstep of what’s known to be some of the most resilient and climate-tolerant coral reefs on the planet. Once described by Jacques Cousteau as one of the wonders of the world, the reef remains healthy – but the coral’s livelihood is extremely dependent upon keeping global temperature from rising even below two degrees. If the conference fails to initiate and follow through with the proper actions necessary, we could lose between 70-99 percent of the coral reef ecosystem, depending on the degree increase.
Ellie presents these statistics to the summit, urging leaders to stand against climate change:
“Research tells us that as global temperature rises by 1.5 degrees Celsius, we will likely lose between 70 and 90% of our coral reefs. At two degrees, it is projected to be 99%. Every degree and part of a degree is worth fighting for”
Ellie swam in the Red Sea herself, to prepare for the COP27 summit – an expedition with the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and The Ocean Agency – where her ventures were captured in a series of films made for the convention, along with the upcoming Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15). On Nov. 16, Ellie took to the podium as a keynote speaker to urge leaders to honor their commitments and prioritize efforts toward the coral reefs and prevent temperature rise.
“The coral reefs of the Egyptian Red Sea are very special. I want every delegate to understand that the fate of this ecosystem lies in their hands… Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse and valuable ecosystems on the planet. They’re an ecosystem that supports hundreds of thousands of species and at least a billion people… But urgent action by world leaders and policymakers can save the reefs on the doorstep of this conference as they are some of the most climate tolerant reefs in the world. But it is only by honoring commitments to reduce emissions and limit global warming to less than two degrees that even this resilient reef will be saved… You forget that coral reefs have been around for half a billion years. The sheer beauty of them took my breath away when I experienced them. Humanity has never been on the verge of losing an entire ecosystem before. But we’ve also never had the opportunity to save one either. So, what are we waiting for?”
Ellie was also recently recognized by the UN Association as Humanitarian of the Year for her work in Ukraine and for her passion to preserve our planet. Though she recently announced the date of launch for her fifth studio album (Feb. 3), Higher Than Heaven, it seems Ellie Goulding not only has a passion for music, but also for the safeguarding of our world and the people in it – a passion we all need.