Do you know you can save the planet by merely surfing the internet? Yes, you can save the planet from global warming by simply using a search engine which will use their profits to plant trees!
Ecosia, a Berlin-based non-profit organization, runs a search engine which enables its users to contribute to the cause. The concept is very simple: You search the web using Ecosia, search ads generate revenue for the company, and Ecosia uses this income to plant trees across the globe.
The German startup now claims to plant a tree every second from more than 80 per cent of their profits. So far, Ecosia has planted more than 61 million trees in parched hinterlands of developing nations like Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, Haiti, Columbia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso and others.
Presently, Ecosia has over 8 million users spread across 183 nations. Founder Christian Kroll aims to touch the milestone of 100 million trees by the end of 2020.
So, how is Ecosia search engine different from search giants Google? Google, the planet’s most popular search engine gets around 63000 searches every second, translating to 2 trillion searches per year. Now, imagine the statistics in number of trees; if the world had one new tree for every 45 searches. Well that may sound like unrealistic but that’s what Ecosia is doing.
While you have multiple options to save the planet, this is one of the easiest ways to plant trees for free. Anyone from any part of the world can now plant a tree with just a few clicks, without having to spend a single penny. Ecosia, which is free to use, also offers an app for smartphones.
But is Ecosia legit? Here is a video that tries to demystify.