Last night (March 14, 2013), actor and activist Ian Somerhalder attended the 2013 Natural Resources Defense Council Game Changer Awards at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) honors leaders in the professional sports’ greening movement at the Game Changer Awards Gala.
Along just being his hunky self and knowing how to give off a good sex face, Ian is known for his activism. He spoke with the Huffington Post about what inspired him to start the The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF).
Here’s what he had to say about his “inspiration”…
Honestly, the BP oil spill. That’s it. That feeling of total helplessness. I went down there immediately and realized that … what I was seeing on the news and what I heard was going on down there were two totally different things. I said, you know what? I don’t like that, I want to go check this out.
I realized that’s exactly what was happening. What we were seeing was not really what was going on, and the situation was a lot worse. And that angered me. I felt this feeling, like most people, this feeling of helplessness. I don’t ever want anyone to feel that helpless again. Not myself, not my family, not my children, not your family, not anyone. And that’s what ISF was born out of — a feeling of complete helplessness and the desire and need to positively impact, warn and activate people, so that’s what we’re doing.
We’re on board. How about you? Check out the Ian Somerhalder Foundation website for more information.