Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees
Trees are the most efficient carbon filters on earth and as such, a key factor to mitigating climate change. So what if planting trees was as easy as searching the web? It is, with Ecosia. Like most search engines, Ecosia shows ads next to the search results, both of which are powered by Bing. This is what makes Ecosia special: it donates at least 80% of the surplus income from said ad revenue to a reforestation project, currently in Burkina Faso, Madagascar and Peru. Basically Ecosia capitalizes on an everyday technology and daily habit -that of searching the web – to have a positive impact.
Where do we plant all these trees?
Ecosia is currently financing reforestation programs in Burkina Faso, Madagascar and Peru. These programs help employ communities, restore landscapes and turn deserts and barren land back into fertile forests. This doesn’t only help the environment and the planet’s CO2 balance, it also creates a world that is socially, economically and politically more sustainable.
Around 2,5 million monthly active users have already switched to Ecosia and are helping finance a new tree every 10 seconds (that’s one tree every 50 searches). Just imagine how many trees we could plant and how many communities we could nurture if Ecosia had ten times as many users?
This video neatly sums up what we are all about.
Ecosia uses 80% of its profits from ad revenue to fund reforestation projects around the world. We are empowering people everywhere, every day to fight climate change, end deforestation and be part of real global change simply through their choice of search engine. Together with our millions of users we have already planted over 5 million trees in Peru, Madagascar and Burkina Faso.
The global search engine market generates a staggering 70 billion USD each year from ad revenue. Ecosia is already donating at least €100,000 a month to tree planting, and that’s with only a tiny, tiny fraction of the market share. If only 1% of Google’s 3.5 billion daily searches were done through Ecosia, we would be able to plant 625,000 trees every day. That’s about 5 times the size of Hyde Park. With that kind of progress we really could end deforestation and fight climate change with something as simple and useful as a search engine. But right now very few people in the UK know about us so we need your help to share Ecosia with your readership or on social media.
For more information visit Ecosia.org