Ryan Reynolds Talks Conserving the Environment for Baby James

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Ryan Reynolds deserves the #1 Dad Award for what he said about his baby daughter, James.

The doting dad says he wants to leave the earth a better place for his and Blake Lively’s 11-month-old daughter.

While at Eddie Bauer and American Forests 50 millionth tree-planting ceremony in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., the 39-year-old actor opened up to E! News about his desire to leave a lasting legacy.

“If my legacy could be one thing, it would be something in the spectrum of preservation or ecology for sure. I do everything that I can to make sure that my daughter has a wilderness to run around in,” the 39-year-old said.

And, like most loving parents, Ryan says his perspective shifted once his first little one was born. “Especially when you have kids, and I think a lot of people can relate to that, you suddenly start to go, ‘What’s going to be left for you? What’s going to be here for you?'”

Ryan actually got into helping the environment when he was in high school by following his crush to an environmental awareness program. “[T]he result was that I got a kind of awareness about our environment and its fragility and those sorts of things,” he said, adding he felt transformed, and felt like he left a different person.

Ryan and Blake welcomed James in December of 2014.