Giving back has always been extremely important to Amanda. She has a big heart and even bigger aspirations to make a positive impact on the world. Helping others is an undeniable passion for her, whether it’s fundraising for disaster relief, sustainability, children’s education or animal welfare. Amanda is an Official United Nations Ambassador.
Amanda Cerny became a UN Environment and Wildlife Ambassador in 2019 in support of the global campaign, “Wild for Life,” which tackles wildlife crime by preventing and reducing demand. The illegal trade in wildlife—taking species from the wild to trade in their parts, dead and alive- is driving many species, including parrots, reptiles, tigers, elephants, and rhinos, to the brink of extinction. Having joined the UN as a campaign advocate on World Wildlife Day, Amanda works alongside other celebrities, sports legends and nature advocates alike, to raise awareness and make sure that governments see that these amazing creatures have our attention, and our protection. In an effort to make wildlife crime personal, Amanda represents the endangered dugong, and encourages her network to find their kindred species, learn and share, and use their spheres of influence to help protect endangered species. Since the campaign first launched in 2016, laws have been strengthened and enforcement stepped up for many of the species in the campaign. China banned ivory trade and elephant poaching has declined. The campaign has also reached more than 250 million people and inspired almost 10 million engagements (comments, likes and shares) surrounding the UN Environment’s lifesaving work.
In June of 2019, Amanda joined actress Meagan Good as the co-host of the United Nations “Play it Out” Festival in Antigua which raised awareness for plastic pollution. The festival, which was part of a global initiative led by the President of the General Assembly along with the Governments of Antigua, Barbuda, and Norway, drew thousands of viewers from all over the world and was praised as a “great success” by local media and institutions.