6 Times Billie Eilish Spoke Out Against the Climate Crisis
First Billie Eilish came for the GRAMMYs. Then she conquered the BRITs. Next stop: climate change!
The world belongs to Billie Eilish now.
And yet, in all her benevolence, all she really wants is for the world to belong to its people instead.
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She’s one of the biggest pop stars on the planet — and from her music videos to her television interviews, she has consistently used her incredible platform to speak out against the climate crisis.
That’s why Eilish has partnered with Global Citizen: meaning that you can earn free tickets to her sold out world tour by joining our movement of engaged activists to take environmental action.
Eilish will also be a part of Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream — our 2020 campaign, in partnership with Teneo. Global Goal Live is the largest cause campaign in history, seeking to rally the world to push for commitments to close the annual funding gap that’s needed to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet.
On Sep. 26, Global Citizen will host simultaneous music festivals in eight cities across four continents to drive action to fight climate change and end extreme poverty by 2030.
To celebrate, here are some moments when Eilish spoke out against the climate crisis.
1. Her world tour is going green.
The 1975 are putting on a sustainable show in London powered by vegetable oil — and will plant a tree for every ticket sold. Massive Attack are working with academics to map out an industry-wide eco-friendly alternative to touring; while Coldplay have stopped touring altogether until they can find a way to actively help the planet with shows instead of harming it.
Eilish is firmly on the same team: her world tour is taking a serious look at its approaches to plastic and recycling — and partnering with an organisation that will host an “eco-village” at every venue for fans to learn about the part they can play in taking action on the climate crisis.
”We’re actually bringing someone from Reverb, this company that basically specialises in the best and most healthy and green ways to do everything,” she told Jimmy Fallon on the The Tonight Show.
“So there’s no plastic straws allowed, the fans are going to bring their own water bottles, there’s going to be recycle cans everywhere, because it’s like, if something’s recyclable, it doesn’t matter unless there’s a recycle bin,” she added.
2. She’s a vegan
Eilish spent most of her life as a vegetarian before deciding to embrace veganism fully in 2014.
Although she struggled to maintain her diet when she first started touring, the star recently said that things have started to shift. She told Variety that it’s a “really good time to be vegan in life” now because there’s so many options out there.
It’s good timing for the planet too: in fact, it’s the single best way you can help the planet, according to a study in Science. It argues that if everyone stopped eating meat and dairy — which takes up 83% of global farmland — it would allow ecosystems around the world to recover from deforestation and other forms of harm.
"I don't eat it [meat] because I have my own reasons for not eating it, and I have my own beliefs, and I have my own feelings of wanting to save animals and save the planet and whatever,” she reportedly told Dutch radio station 3FM in August 2019 “I'm not gonna force anybody to do that because I wouldn't want them to force me. But that doesn't mean I'm not gonna try to make the world a better place.”
A note from Billie: “TICK TOCK! our time is running out. the climate crisis is very real. we need to speak up and demand that our leaders take action. #climatestrike#fridaysforfuture@greenpeace@gretathunberg” pic.twitter.com/2rbc6Pdr2p— billie eilish (@billieeilish) September 20, 2019
3. She speaks out in interviews.
Billie Eilish has more Instagram followers than there are people in Kenya.
So when she speaks out, you bet her millions of fans worldwide are going to listen. Eilish has been shouting about the threat of ecological collapse for a while now, whether on social media, in television interviews, or in the press. Her voice is cutting through.
"Hopefully the adults and the old people start listening to us so that we don't all die,” she told NME in December last year. “Old people are gonna die and don't really care if we die, but we don't wanna die yet.”
In that same interview, she said Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg — just a year younger than Eilish — was “paving the way” for the rest of the world. She turned her words into action too, marching alongside Thunberg and 1,000 other young people near where she grew up in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 1 last year.
4. She posted a viral video calling for direct action.
On Sept. 28, 2019, Eilish posted nothing more than a hashtag and a video across her social media channels — and suddenly it felt like the whole internet was talking about the climate crisis.
It happened just before she went on Saturday Night Live (SNL): Eilish recorded a video with Hollywood star Woody Harrelson that went on to accumulate over 40 million views across, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Eilish and Harrelson urged people to follow organisations like Greenpeace and Fridays for Future; think about changing their own diet and personal consumption habits; vote for leaders who listen to climate science; and join Greta Thunberg to take to the streets and demand action.
“Our Earth is warming up and our oceans are rising,” Eilish said. “Extreme weather is wrecking millions of lives.” Harrelson added: “After all, it’s the only home we’ll ever have.”
5. Her music makes a powerful point.
It starts with wings bursting graphically from her shoulder blades, before Eilish crashes through the sky and falls through clouds into a pool of black, sticky tar. All around her, trees are on fire.
The music video for “all the good girls go to hell” is a striking metaphor for a planet that’s fallen into disrepair. It included a note from Eilish in the description urging people to join the global climate strikes on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, 2019, around last year’s Climate Action Summit.
“Our Earth is warming up at an unprecedented rate, icecaps are melting, our oceans are rising, our wildlife is being poisoned, and our forests are burning,” she wrote underneath the film on YouTube.
“You know I’m not your friend without some greenery,” she quips in the track. Her social circle appears wide — the video has been viewed a mammoth 113 million times.
6. She’s giving away free gig tickets.
On Nov. 8, Eilish posted in support of our campaigning against the climate crisis — offering free tickets to her US tour if you took action to save the planet.
Now, she’s given her fans the chance to earn tickets to her European tour too: all you have to do is join the Global Citizen movement via this link and you’ll be entered into the draw to win.
“I did not want you guys to have to buy tickets from scalpers, and I know you all still really want to come to the shows,” she said in the video. “So I teamed up with a great organisation called Global Citizen to come up with a way to earn tickets to the Where Do We Go tour.”