Billie Eilish has granted permission to CoralWatch – a not-for-profit citizen science program – to use one of her debut songs, “Ocean Eyes” for its social media campaign, Come Join Our Watch.
The singer’s tick of approval came in response to seven-year-old Elijah Richardson who called on Eilish for her help in his mission.
In a video appeal made late last year, the young reef enthusiast pleaded with the United States singer-songwriter, saying “I need your Ocean Eyes”.
Elijah spoke about his passion for the reef, which he shares on his Facebook page and Instagram, and how he has teamed up with CoralWatch to save it, while also spending his time to pick up rubbish off the beach as well as snorkelling to check the health of corals.
“But I only have 165 followers and it’s really frustrating,” he said in the video.
“So now I’m helping CoralWatch with a project to try and get more everyday people watching out for the reef.
“I need you to help me, please Billie Eilish, I need you to help me, to help them, to help the reef.”
Billie Eilish has approved the use of her song ‘Ocean Eyes’ by a campaign to help save the Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival
The Great Barrier Reef is under threat from climate change, pollution and coastal development, according to many scientists and environmentalists who have raised concerns about its future. Picture: Getty Images
CoralWatch confirmed Eilish’s approval, writing on its Facebook page “SHE SAID YES!”
“Billie Eilish has given us permission to use her song ‘Ocean Eyes’ to help us raise further awareness about the reef! Thank you Billie!” the post added.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s national treasures and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but is under threat from multiple points of attack.
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Climate change and pollution pose some of the greatest threats, according to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, as well as coastal development and increasingly poor water quality.
CoralWatch also launched an open letter to the singer, asking people to share the appeal “if you love the Great Barrier Reef, like we do” and “if you love Billie Eilish”.
Aerial photo of Great barrier reef showing reef area with some blue water and slightly cloudy sky in background.
CoralWatch director Professor Justin Marshall praised Elijah’s commitment to saving the reef.
“He regularly cleans up rubbish at his local beaches and has started to hold his own community clean-ups at the beach and is committed to really helping us to get people to focus on our Great Barrier Reef,” Professor Marshall said, reported.
“Thousands of volunteers have been monitoring the reef with our ocean eyes since 2002 and I’m proud to say that CoralWatch is the world’s most widely used coral health monitoring tool.”
He further stressed it needed to be a concern for the wider population and not just the experts.
“That is why it is great we have Billie and her enormous fan base worldwide on side to help open more eyes to this beautiful, iconic, priceless ecosystem.”
The campaign also announced its next target would be to get actors Robert DeNiro and Kit Harington to join the cause.
The Great Barrier Reef narrowly avoided being named on UNESCO’s World Heritage “in danger” list earlier this year following a strong push due to concerns over the coral reef’s future. 
Next year, UNESCO delegates will carry out an on-the-ground assessment of the reef and the listing will be reconsidered by the World Heritage Committee at its 45th session.
Australia will be asked to produce an updated report on conservation efforts by February and address concerns over water quality and insufficient climate action.

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