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Happy Earth Day from "The Vampire Diaries'" Ian Somerhalder

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The lead actor of the wildly popular television show “The Vampire Diariestweeted a special Earth Day message today about the Reject and Protect movement. The movement involves the controversy over the building of a proposed tar sands pipeline and any possible effects it may have on the surrounding land. Whether you agree or disagree with Reject and Protect, one thing has become clear about Somerhalder and that is his commitment to the environment. For Somerhalder, Earth Day appears to be every day and that’s a very good thing. To celebrate the day, here is a look back at some of Somerhalder’s most inspiring moments.

After the slideshow, make sure to comment below or tweet (@rektokross) your favorite Earth Day cause for the chance to win a gift card for one of these super cool tee-shirt from Somerhalder's charity. One lucky winner with the best comment/tweet will be chosen.

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation
The Ian Somerhalder Foundation Ian Somerhalder/Ian Somerhalder Foundation

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation

We’ve already featured Somerhalder's foundation -- The IS Foundation -- on The Examiner here but its certainly worth multiple mentions. The IS Foundation aims to empower, educate, and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. The IS Foundation also believes in behaving in full collaborative spirit by joining with other Non-Profit, For-Profit, and governing bodies globally to help numerous causes such as ending deforestation, planting trees, eliminating pesticides, healing the planet, and ending animal cruelty.

"Years of Living Dangerously" correspondent
"Years of Living Dangerously" correspondent Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

"Years of Living Dangerously" correspondent

Somerhalder has been featured as a correspondents on “Years of Living Dangerously,” a Showtime series about the future of the planet. Joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other celebrities, Somerhalder traveled around the world to talk with different people about issues that impact our environment. You can catch “Years of Living Dangerously” Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
 

Animal Advocate
Animal Advocate Photo by Jason Merritt

Animal Advocate

Somerhalder has been vocal about the ethical treatment of animals. About animal testing, he famously wrote on Instagram: “Wow. This is a bummer… Do we really need to test on animals still? We can send missions to mars yet we still test on animals-guess what? It’s NOT NECESSARY!!!!” He was also the Celebrity Monarch in the 20th annual Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws dog parade this past March. The parade is in Somerhalder's home state and garners much-needed attention for local charities.

RYOT Work
RYOT Work Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images

RYOT Work

Somerhalder has been quite active with RYOT, a news-based organization that also helps to promote social change. Somerhalder even dropped by the South by Southwest festival this year to join the RYOT panel titled, “Companies, Non-Profits & the Future of Impact" to discuss the importance of nonprofits and for-profits coming together to change the world for the better.

 

Congress testimony for wildlife preservation
Congress testimony for wildlife preservation Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Congress testimony for wildlife preservation

Somerhalder testified before Congress to promote wildlife conversation. In an attempt to get Congress to consider H.R. 50, a multinational special conservation funds reauthorization act, the actor spoke about the sobering statistics of endangered species such as tigers, apes, elephants and rhinos.

 

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