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Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder (Damon) is as passionate about saving the planet as his on-screen counterpart is about drinking and saving Elena Gilbert from harm. What disturbing discovery did he recently make (and Instagram) at the beach that has him oh-so-sad?

“See something in every frame? Yup-plastic,” Ian captioned the video he took of a beach filled with litter. “Is this how a beautiful beach should look? I'm so blown away this trash everywhere...Its time to stop allowing plastic into our waters don't you think? It's also time start creating biodegradable plastics! Lets do this!!!!”

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation makes the funding of global conservation and green energy development one of its chief goals, so we’re not so surprised to see Ian sharing his horror over this disturbing reality. The TVDer is so passionate about the nonprofit work that he’s doing, that he spent part of his holidays in China, working to spread awareness of his organization’s mission and to make this effort a global one.

Earlier in December, Ian was seen hanging with movie star Woody Harrelson. Both actors share a passion for sustainability. While Ian uses his nonprofit as a vehicle to inspire change, Woody uses Prairie Paper Ventures, a company that makes paper from crop waste rather than trees. Ian captioned the Instagram photo of the men. “In Atlanta with my brother Woody and Joe talking Step Forward Paper, a non-wood paper-and the paper revolution. Sustainably is topic of this conversation! Dig these men-true game changers.” So do we, Ian. So do we.


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The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, January 23 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!