How many times do you use a search engine on a daily basis?
I’m sure many. What if I tell you that every time you search for something on the internet you can help planting trees around the world?
Let me introduce you to .
Ecosia is a web search engine just like google or yahoo. With the only difference is that 80% of their profit goes to nonprofit organizations that plant trees around the world.
Ecosia is a social business and what this means is that it measures their success based on the positive impact they have on others and the environment.
How cool is that? They care for you and for the rest of the world!❤️ It was founded by Christian Kroll in December 2009. In April 2014, it became the first German company to become a B Corporation.
B Corps are for-profit companies certified
by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards
of social and environmental performance,
accountability, and transparency. Learn more here.
The team at Escosia wants to make you (the user) happy by providing you with the best experience. The point here is that besides of making you feel good about helping the environment, they want to provide the best service they can.
I know that some of you might be skeptical about it but they really want to earn your trust. For this reason, they publish their monthly financial reports and tree planting receipts. You can view their reports in here.
And finally, last awesome thing I’m going to tell you about them is that they make smart decisions. They seek long-term solutions that are sustainable. Instead of just giving donations, they actually invest their efforts in projects that will last long because they are going to sustain themselves in the long-term.
More awesome? Impossible!
Now, start planting trees from home.
As soon as you go to their website www.ecosia.org You will get the option to make Ecosia your default search engine and it will also show you a count of how many trees they have planted.
So, now the question is: why plant trees?
By planting a tree, you can fight climate change, restart water cycles, turn deserts back into fertile forests and provide nutrition, employment, education, medical assistance and political as well as economic stability. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? -Project, Christian Kroll, Ecosia.
We want trees because we are tree huggers😂. But we do more than that, as environmentalists we also want to plant trees to help the environment. Planting trees helps the environment because…
Trees Combact Climate Change
In the last few years, we have been seen an increase of temperature throughout the globe. This is due to the increase of greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide – CO2) getting trap in our atmosphere. Such a rapid change has, is, and it will affect everyone.
This is the the Keeling Curve – a graph that plots the change of carbon dioxide concentration in Earth’s atmosphere. These measurements have been taken since the 1950s by the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii that began under the supervision of Charles David Keeling.
Trees come in place here because they have the ability to absorb CO2 and they are the cheapest way to do it. They can absorb 48 lb. per year. The more trees we have around the globe, the more CO2 is being absorbed. That way we are reducing CO2 emissions to reasonable levels. These beautiful trees also lower temperatures by transpiring water and shading surfaces.
Trees Provide Biodiversity
Imagine. Just in one single tree you can find many (up to 2,000) different species from insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fungi, and more. Now, let’s multiply this and create a forest. Trees house millions of different species that create biodiversity in a forest. Many of them we might not know about. Biodiversity is important because it boosts productivity within an ecosystem. Every single species in the ecosystem is highly important and has an important role to play.
Trees Protect Soil
Trees help reducing erosion. As I said before, trees transpire water and this counteracts very wet soil. They also protect the soil from the impacts of rain with their root system. The roots extend out into the soil and hold it in place protecting it from moving when its exposed to full force of the wind and the rain. When it rains, some droplets are stopped by the tree’s leaves and they reduce their force so they don’t hit the soil too hard. Having many many trees planted closed to each other will increase the area of land they can protect.
Trees Reduce Air Pollution
This is correlated to what I said when combating climate change. Trees absorb air pollutants and they are natural filters of particulates. Besides, trees can create oxygen.
There is more and more reason why planting trees is beneficial to our environment and to us. So join the movement and start using Ecosia😜