Ian Somerhalder has sealed his green credentials by becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

A longtime campaigner for eco-friendly initiatives, will help host World Environment Day on June 5th, 2012 as his first official task in his new role.

He will join supermodel Gisele Bundchen and actor Don Cheadle – who are also Goodwill Ambassadors for the U.N. – in encouraging fans to get involved in environmental activities, such as neighbourhood clean-ups, walking to work or planting trees.

In a video promoting Wed, Somerhalder says, “When you do your part for the environment, everyone wins.”

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