Did you know there is a way to make web browsing more environmentally friendly? Specifically, did you know there’s a search engine that lets you browse the web and help plant trees at the same time?
If your answer is no to one or even both questions, let us tell you more about Ecosia.
What is Ecosia?
(Photo: Ecosia / Screenshot taken from Ecosia official website)
According to its official website, Ecosia is pretty much a search engine that plants trees. So how exactly does it work?
By its Google Chrome list, Ecosia uses its “advertising revenue to plant trees where nature and people need them most.” This means that all you have to do is use Ecosia to browse the web. The search ads then generate revenue for Ecosia, which they use to plant trees.
The official website says their tree planting work takes place in more than 30 countries, including Brazil, Burkina Faso and Indonesia.
It was founded in December 2009 and 80% of Ecosia’s income goes to tree planting projects. It should also be noted that this is not a for-profit company and all proceeds are donated to climate action.
In fact, Ecosia is “200% powered by renewable energy” thanks to solar panels that “produce twice the amount of energy needed to power all research with renewable energy.”
As of press time, the search engine’s efforts have planted more than 147 million trees worldwide, according to the official website.
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Ecosia Tree Planting Projects
Ecosia has over 60 active tree planting projects at the time of writing. A separate page on its website lists the following countries as the location of the projects:
- Burkina Faso
- Ivory Coast
- United States
For example, the Ecosia website indicates that 14,750 trees have already been planted specifically in the United States. In the UK, 1,000 trees have been planted in the country since 2020, while 67,000 trees have been planted in Australia since the same year.
Ecosia focuses on planting native species instead of monocultures and works with local communities as well as organizations to carry out their efforts.
Protection of user privacy
Planting trees is great and all, but we all know that user privacy is a huge concern and factor when it comes to choosing a search engine to browse.
Ecosia guarantees that it does not sell your data and your research to advertising networks. In fact, searches on the engine are also encrypted to ensure that no third-party entity can gain access to them.
Ecosia also doesn’t use any external tracking tools, according to its website, and doesn’t even store searches permanently. Although it collects some data for the purpose of improving their services, users can actually choose to opt out of tracking altogether.
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