Have you ever felt like you hear so much about deforestation, climate change and its dangers and you are unsure of what you can do to help? Oh no, you do not have to be a scientist or have ample spare time in your hands to go about planting in the deforested areas of the world.
Ecosia is specially designed for you to help with afforestation from the comfort of your computer. How? Search the web, its as simple as that.
Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees with its ad revenues. With it’s current number of users, Ecosia plants a tree every eleven seconds and has planted over 6 million trees so far in Burkina Faso, Peru and Madagascar. There are over 2million active Ecosia users who have contributed almost 3 million Euros to tree planting.
How does it work?
Do you have doubts if these funds are actually going into the planting of trees?
Because Ecosia is big on transparency, there is a monthly publication of earnings and spending (Income and expenditure) on the company website accessible to public. More so, Ecosia does not carry out the planting by themselves. The planting is done by third party Non Governmental Organisations who are very credible in their own might and have a big reputation to protect like ‘WeForest’, ‘The Nature Conservancy’, ‘WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)’
What is so cool about Ecosia is that you can tell how many trees you have personally planted from your own searches. See the circled point in the image below? that is the number of trees I have been able to plant in only three days of using Ecosia.
Ecosia’s plan is to plant a billion trees on earth by 2020 through the help of you and I. Question is, how many friends are you going to tell about this after you have added Ecosia to you browser?