Billie Eilish at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party © Reuters/Abby Grant/Cover Images
Billie Eilish and her mother Maggie Baird will be presented with the Missions in Music Award at the 2022 Environmental Media Association Awards.
The Environmental Media Association announced that the Happier Than Ever singer—along with her mother Maggie Baird—will be honoured with the EMA Missions in Music Award at the organisation’s ceremony on October 8.
Taking place in Los Angeles, the celebration honours globally-recognised individuals for their work toward protecting the planet.
Eilish and Baird will be recognised for Overheated, a concert series hosted at London’s The O2, organised in collaboration with Maggie’s charity Support + Feed. The event hosted climate-focussed activities and raised funds to support the charity’s efforts at addressing food insecurity and the climate crisis.
The concert series featured a variety of artists that also advocate for climate initiatives.
“I’m thrilled to accept the EMA Missions in Music Award this year alongside my daughter,” Baird said of the honour in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m so proud that Billie uses her voice to inspire a younger audience and advocate for change. It’s a dream come true that Billie and I share the same passion in tackling the climate crisis.
“We are stronger together and I know that she’ll continue to make a tremendous impact on this Earth for the next generation.”
Actor and Environmental Media Association board member Nikki Reed will also be honoured at the ceremony. Nikki will receive the EMA Innovator Award, recognising her work with the eco-friendly lifestyle and jewellery brand BaYou With Love.
Eilish has been known to use her platform to raise awareness about the climate emergency. At the Happier Than Ever tour, there was an eco-village where fans could learn more about climate action. Similarly, the tour featured messages from Baird urging fans to support climate action.
Eilish has also worked closely with REVERB, a nonprofit that partners with musicians and concert venues to make events more eco-friendly. Through the partnership, she was able to include climate initiatives in her tour such as the eco-village, plant-based foods, eliminating disposable waste, and working to offset emissions.
On tour, the artist, band, and crew used reusable water bottles, and catering services used reusable or compostable utensils.
The team at REVERB calculated the tour emissions, including transportation, hotels, and venue energy to ensure the shows were on track with their sustainability targets.
The partnership between the nonprofit and Eilish also helped to fund projects that eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in BIPOC communities that are heavily impacted by climate change.