A little-known search engine has been quietly using its income to plant trees around the world — over 4 million so far. Ecosia, which was launched in 2009, is a search engine that donates more than 80% of its profits from ad revenue to planting trees.
There are currently over two million active Ecosia users, who have helped plant more than 4 million trees around the world. In addition, Ecosia has generated over 2.5 million Euros for forestry programs since its founding in December 2009.
Most recently, Ecosia has been planting trees in Burkina Faso in Africa. They explain:
Ecosia uses its search ad revenue to plant trees in Burkina Faso in Africa, bringing water, plants and animals back to drought-ridden areas. The revived land means more jobs, healthier livestock and more independent people. A stronger local economy allows both women and men to earn their own income, meaning more children can go to school. Our forests are part of the international effort to build a “Great Green Wall” across Africa for increased environmental, social and economic prosperity.
Described as the “world’s greenest search engine,” they publish proof every month of the work that they are doing with the help of their customers.
Their goal is to plant 1 billion trees by the year 2020.
View the video to learn more about Ecosia, and click here to visit the site and start searching. The search engine is also available for mobile devices.