Every one of the 1,700 guests at Sunday’s SAG Awards found in their gift bags a card with a code enabling them to log on to patagoniasuroffsets.com/SagAwardsForest/. Once there, they were able to affix their names to the trees being planted in their honor, thanks to Chile’s Patagonia Sur, in what is now known as the SAG Awards Forest. For the 2013 SAG Awards, Patagonia Sur is planting 3,400 trees — two for each of the 1,700 guests who were invited to the post SAG Awards Gala hosted by People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Now’s your chance to see how many of the star-studded attendees claimed and named their trees!
Patagonia Sur’s commitment to the SAG Awards and its efforts to implement sustainable initiatives and promote environmental awareness — while creating a nearly zero waste event — started last year. On behalf of the 2012 SAG Awards, Patagonia Sur planted a grove of 45 native-species trees on degraded lands in Patagonia, Chile, to help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thereby helping to fight the threat posed by climate change. We are proud to say that in October 2012, for the fourth consecutive year, the SAG Awards were honored with the Environmental Media Association’s Green Seal!
As a fan of the SAG Awards, you can also help by claiming and naming your tree, knowing that you are helping to fight climate change and support Patagonia Sur’s reforestation efforts. Every tree that is planted is expected to sequester 0.48 tons of carbon dioxide over an 80-year period. With a goal to plant over 1 million trees within Chilean Patagonia, Patagonia Sur deposits native-species trees in damaged and degraded ecosystems in Patagonia. Their project has been certified by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and is helping to regenerate one of the planet's most vital yet threatened ecosystems in Chilean Patagonia.