You may know Ian Somerhalder from popular television shows Lost (Boone) and The Vampire Diaries (Damon). What you may not know about him:
Ian Somerhalder has his own Foundation.
That’s right, folks! Who you thought was just the man behind the (sexy) vampire is actually someone who is working (very hard, I might add) to make the earth a better place.
The Ian Somerhalder Foundation works towards the betterment of the environment and all it’s creatures, animal and human alike. The foundation’s website currently promotes campaigns in four categories: Environment, Creatures, Youth, and Kids.
Under the About section of the website I found a couple things that really stood out:
Mission: “to empower, educate, and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.”
“We are a team, a group of people, who view the environment as an interconnected organism of which we are not separate but a part of. There is no differentiation between all living things: trees, rivers, animals and humans. We are all one interdependent organism.”
“Nature does not behave independently. It works in unison with all its elements. Working independently to transform our planet is like trying to playing a violin without strings.”
What Ian is saying is that we have to work together to save the earth. We need to act. Part of what makes us human is the uncontrollable desire to be amongst other humans. That’s our nature. So naturally it makes sense that we can accomplish so much more by working together.
And now, from Ian himself:
Want to get involved? You’re in luck! The IS Foundation has ample opportunity for a wide variety of involvement. You can volunteer for the foundation by signing up, donate to the foundation, purchase from the online store (funds go to the foundation), or join the IS Foundation on Facebook to find other like-minded people near you and create a project!
People, every little bit counts. We can change the world. We can help to keep it green, and beautiful, and eternal.
Ian’s got his head in the right place. Without the earth, we are nothing. So let’s do our part to protect and preserve it.
If you feel like you don’t have the time or resources to be involved in the foundation directly, there are other ways that you can help the earth. You can promote the foundation (like I am) to increase awareness about it. Even things like reducing your carbon footprint by recycling, taking the bus, turning off the lights, and not buying bottled water will help. The more people who do it, the more effective it will be. It’s like voting.
Let’s keep it green, folks.
Count me in!