The Green Alternative to Google

A German entrepreneur has created a carbon neutral search engine that lets you surf the web and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. By using Ecosia you participate in reforestation programmes around the world

 

We all use Google (or its competitors) very broadly and on a daily basis to search the web. But what if we could do it without using the Californian giant and positively impact the future of our environment? Ecosia.org is a unique search engine with strict carbon neutral standards and that uses 80% of its advertisement revenues for tree plantation projects in developing countries such as Burkina Faso.

There are plenty of reasons to plant trees. Trees produce oxygen and clean the air, trees clean the soil, trees slow storm water runoff, trees can counter desertification, trees are carbon sinks, trees act as windbreaks and trees fight soil erosion.

In a generation that has experienced climate change effects first hand - forests and their conservation are important; without them ecosystems would fall apart and animals become extinct. 

To finance its actions, Ecosia uses advertising links of the search engine. For every click or for every purchase on a partner site, the social enterprise obtains a sum of money.

Today, Ecosia has already planted more than 5 million trees. Their goal is to plant 1 billion before 2020! And why not? You can join their fight against climate change and plant trees just by using your computer! 

Check out their facebook page by clicking here.

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