Always a vocal and passionate person, Derek put his strong beliefs towards homosexual rights on the record. He put out a call to his peers to assist him for the HSSE: The Heterosexuals for Same Sex Equality. This is his crowning activism achievement to date. The HSSE debuted in July 2007 and has not stopped gaining momentum.

He has also made his accessible take on big issues like climate change known to the masses. He has been recognized by the World Wildlife Fund as a valuable voice for the cause.