British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has been named a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment, joining the fight to save the lives and habitats of people and animals by cleaning up the planet’s air and seas, fighting climate change and protecting species.


Ellie, 30, took up her new role on Saturday in Kenya, surrounded by giraffes at the Giraffe Manor in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi, where UN Environment has its headquarters.

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She later travelled to the iconic Maasai Mara to learn more about the threats facing wildlife due to habitat loss, and to see the traditional cooking methods that are responsible for millions of deaths every year in low-income countries.

“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,” said Goulding in a statement released by UN Environment.