by ecorazzicontributor
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Ian Somerhalder, star of The Vampire Diaries, had his 32nd birthday yesterday. So, just what did the undead hunk wish for when he blew out the candles?

“Instead of gifts this year, my birthday wish is that we come together and raise funds to support projects that protect our habitat and nurture our furry friends,” he said.

But more specifically, support the Ian Somerhalder Foundation which is in partnership with Conservation International to raise money for habitat preservation. The actor, who was born in Louisiana, was inspired to create the foundation after the BP oil spill ravaged his hometown. And his aim through the organization is to focus on helping the environment— including funding for bio-diversity, rainforest preservation, animal rescue, clean energy, and education.

People can go to the website and donate money, or learn about the environment and the causes that Ian is passionate about.

“There’s Generation X. There’s Generation Y. This generation is Generation Extinction,” Somerhalder said.”This generation holds that in their hands— the responsibility of it, and the power to change it… It’s pretty badass, if you think about how much they can do.”

We couldn’t agree more. Keep on fighting the good fight, all you environmental badasses!