There’s that tired old saying “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” but Ian Somerhalder is the exception to that rule. He’s the sexy vamp lead on Vampire Diaries, he just launched his own non-profit, and now he’s partnering with Don Cheadle as a spokesperson for a very important cause.
The Alliance for Global Conservation has one goal: to protect our planet. The organization was formed after PEW Charitable Trusts joined forces with Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Fund. As spokesman for the Alliance, Cheadle and Somerhalder will work to build awareness for the Global Conservation Act which, according to the bill, “would coordinate the work of all U.S. agencies involved in international conservation and establish a national strategy for promoting conservation initiatives that strengthen global security, health and economies.”
True, when you think of the perfect duo Cheadle, an oscar nominated actor, and Somerhalder, whose current fan base consists of tweens, may not seem like the perfect pairing, but in terms of audience they both bring their own range.
As Somerhalder explained in an interview, “They had Don Cheadle, who is this… genius guy who is Oscar-nominated— he’s the man. At this point, he’s got the entire African Continent behind him, and really, he’s the voice that can connect to the adults.” He then added, “They needed a youth catalyst, someone who has the ear of the youth, and after a bunch of market research they realized that I’m that guy and they came to me to do this.”
PSA’s will be filmed as part of their efforts to raise awareness, and Somerhalder also confirmed that he’ll be flying down to Central America to gain first-hand knowledge about what steps need to be taken next. Following that trip the actor plans on bringing his findings to Washington where he’ll testify at a congressional hearing on the matter.
Cheadle and Somerhalder in 2012! Just kidding…kind of.