Ian Somerhalder is an actor and environmentalist best known for his work in the Warner Brothers international hit TV Series, “The Vampire Diaries” and the ABC critically acclaimed drama, “Lost.” Ian has been the recipient of countless Teen Choice, People’s Choice, Screen Actors Guild, Environmental Media and International Green Awards. He has been supporting environmental causes for many years and, in 2010, launched the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF).
The Ian Somerhalder Foundation makes up a large part of Ian’s philanthropic work, distributing funds and resources towards global environmental conservation, green energy development, deployment and educational tools. It also aims to create awareness about deforestation and supports efforts to end animal cruelty. The ISF's focus for 2015 will also be on poaching and wildlife issues.
Somerhalder was also involved in the clean-up after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster on April 22, 2010. His efforts included cleaning the oiled wildlife and taping public service announcements to let the public know how they could help.
Ian’s most recent environmental project is the ground-breaking climate change Showtime documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, produced by Titanic and Avatar Director, James Cameron. The series sends Ian and other celebrity correspondents to report on real-life stories of climate change from around the world. Ian’s episode covers the impacts of coal mining.
Ian has a very strong, global social media presence and fan base across a broad demographic from teens to young adults. Given Mr. Somerhalder’s popularity with youth, he is uniquely positioned to generate considerable support and publicity amongst this audience for UNEP’s messages and goals through organizing, leading or engaging in activities specifically targeted to this audience.