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Ed Sheeran knows how to stand up for a good cause

Ben Watts

I’m just Thinking Out Loud here, but what if someone from The A Team could use his or her talents to help build a movement around ending poverty? Maybe that person could Sing in front of thousands of people who want to take part in changing the world. Don’t you think that a crowd like that could inspire world leaders to join the movement? They might even come on stage and say things like, “I See Fire when I think about injustice and inequality in the world.” Or, “I can’t wait to end extreme poverty together. I can feel the adrenaline pumping through my Bloodstream.”

If you haven’t already guessed, those are all Ed Sheeran songs—and that is exactly what he is going to do.

On September 26th, Ed Sheeran will bring his swoon-worthy voice to the Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park, where he will join fellow headliners Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, and Coldplay for the 2015 Global Citizen Festival.

At the festival, these great performers will come together with world leaders and 60,000 global citizens to get behind the Global Goals, the world’s new roadmap for tackling extreme poverty by 2030.

This won’t be the first time Ed Sheeran will use his voice for good.  

Back in 2013, he helped The ONE Campaign inspire people to take action against the injustices of extreme poverty and hunger with his cover of Bob Dylan’s classic, “Masters of War.” Watch his incredible rendition below.

And he certainly has a knack for taking on important topics. Sheeran’s popular song, “The A Team,” was written after he visited a homeless shelter and listened to a woman tell her story about life in the sex industry. He went on to raise £40,000 for a charity that helps women trapped in sex work build new lives away from violence, poverty, and addiction.

Today, Ed Sheeran wants you to join him in supporting an important cause. He’s calling on global citizens to complete actions within Action Journey 4, which has just gone live. 

Global citizens have already taken almost a MILLION actions in support of some of the world’s biggest causes, from ending hunger to putting more kids in school. On this Action Journey, you’ll be tweeting, calling, and emailing leaders from five different countries and asking them to act in support of a better world.

And global citizens who complete the full Action Journey will have a chance to see Ed Sheeran perform live and melt away to his smooth ballads. 

Join Ed Sheeran in the fight against extreme poverty. Call on world leaders to commit to the Global Goals. Together, the world can change the lives of millions, and there’s no better time to start than now.