Ecosia is a search engine like Google but with a twist. Ecosia use their profits to plant trees all over the planet, benefiting people, the environment and local economy. So far the Ecosia community have planted millions of trees in Ethiopia, Brazil, Spain, and in many other biodiversity hotspots.
Servers run on 100% renewable energy and every search removes around 1 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere. By publishing monthly reports, you are able to see exactly where the income from your searches goes. What’s not to love about Ecosia!
Following the devastating fires in Australia, Ecosia have announced that on Thursday, January 23, all searches will plant trees in Australia. They will use 100% of their profits to help regenerate the country’s ecosystem by planting native, subtropical trees in the Byron Bay area, which is a biodiversity hotspot that has been badly affected by wildfires. To do so, they’ve teamed up with a local NGO called ReForest Now.
By planting 100+ different tree species, Ecosia aim to plant not just what has been lost but also to make the area more resilient against future fires. This is because the trees will increase rainfall, lower temperatures, clean the air, sequester some of the carbon emitted by the fires, and provide much-needed habitat for wildlife.
On Friday, January 24, Ecosia will announce how many trees that they will plant, all thanks to your searches.
Use the hashtag #ECOSIA4AUS to spread the word!
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