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August 24, 2016 07:00 PM

Along with being an actor, Adrian Grenier is a long-time advocate for ocean conservation – and even started his own foundation, The Lonely Whale Foundation, last year.

“I think the oceans are perhaps the most underserved aspect of the environment,” Grenier, 40, tells PEOPLE.

“The Lonely Whale Foundation was founded in December with the mission of bringing people together to bond with the ocean,” explains the Entourage star. “We can’t care for the oceans if we’re not connected, so we’re looking to create experiences and education and awareness.”

Now, Grenier has teamed up with Dell as the tech company’s social good advocate, and together, have created a virtual reality experience, “Cry Out: The Lonely Whale Experience.”

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“We use virtual reality to create an underwater encounter with our mascot, the Lonely Whale, and to give people a sense of some of the things that our marine wildlife face every day,” explains Grenier.

For more on Grenier and the Lonely Whale Foundation, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday.

He continues: “It has been a great opportunity to work with a company like Dell, which is committed to making scalable changes. Together we are inspiring the world to be more conscientious and to use technology to fulfill our human potential.”

And Grenier’s hope for the future is that “we all recognize that it is our ocean.”

“It’s 70 percent of our planet,” says the actor, who is swimming 3.3 kilometers in the open ocean along with English entrepreneur, Richard Branson, next month as part of the foundation’s #MakeASplash campaign.

“We need to make sure that it’s healthy and safe,” adds Grenier.

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