This Search Engine Plants Trees

Have you ever wished that you could make a difference in the world simply by searching for information on the internet? No? Well, get excited because now you can! Let me introduce you to Ecosia.

Ecosia is a search engine that you can plug-in to your browser, meaning all your searches entered into your top navigation bar will go straight through Ecosia’s site. Why would you want to go through their site and not Google? Well, for every search you make, Ecosia works with partner companies to plant 1 tree.

The Ecosia homepage claims to have already planted over 5 million trees. And that’s simply because curious people, such as yourself, use their site to search for information. Ecosia uses 80 percent of their profits from ad revenue to plant trees in 3 important regions: Madagascar, Peru and Burkina Faso.

Why plant trees instead of donating to some other, more flashy cause? Give trees a little more credit. Here are the reasons Ecosia lists for choosing to support the planet by planting trees:

Cool climate. Trees absorb CO2, which is one of the main drivers of climate change. Large forests can even create clouds, which then reflect sunlight and cool the planet.

Biodiversity. Forests are the most diverse systems on land with millions of species out of which many have not even been discovered and analyzed yet.

Soil protection. Trees protect the soil from erosion and they create productive and fertile land. If you cut down trees, you will very soon end up with a desert.

Clean air. Trees create oxygen, which we need to breath. They also clean the air by absorbing pollutant gases and filtering out particulates.

Happy people. Forests provide us with healthy food and lots of other products, which can be sustainably harvested. Worldwide the livelihood of 1.6 billion people depends on forests.

Water security. Forests regulate the watercycles and prevent floods. They create moisturous microclimates and increase groundwater levels. They act like a “sponge” and therefore prevent droughts. (content from Ecosia; source)

As Ecosia aptly concludes, “In short: Trees are the superheroes of the planet.”

Now, if you compare your search results on Ecosia to those on Google, know that they might not be exactly the same. Every search engine is a little different. I tested both the web and image results with a few test searches. I found the results for web content to be fairly comparable to Google’s. However, image searches were much more varied, and I found Ecosia to be a touch less accurate. So, my suggestion is this: If you are looking for highly accurate search results for business or research, Google is probably your best bet. But, most of us do not conduct important searches on the internet on a regular basis. Ecosia is just as easy to use and just as accurate as Google for 90 percent of your day-to-day searches.

If you’re just sitting at home looking for a good vegan mac & cheese recipe or you begin to wonder about the origins of sport rock climbing, Ecosia is worth a try. If you are going to expand your mind, why not plant a tree in the process?

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261 comments

Jim V
Jim V11 days ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S11 days ago

thanks for sharing.

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David C
David C16 days ago

they claim to have planted over 10 million trees through their work, but that just tells one how tough saving the world will be as that is far from enough

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Alexis Miller
Alexis Miller16 days ago

Awesome!!!

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Ruth S
Ruth S24 days ago

Thanks.

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Ruth S
Ruth S24 days ago

Thanks.

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Debbie J
shana labout a month ago

This needs to be on Care2 home page. Don't know how I found Ecosia, but have raised over 250 trees just by using their search engine.

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Carl R
Carl Rabout a month ago

Thanks!!!

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Julie C
Julie Cabout a month ago

I've been using Ecosia for about four months and it's great. I think I've used Google for something very specific I couldn't get to on Ecosia, two times. One doesn't mean you have to give up the other. I feel kind of cool seeing the number of trees add up as I search!

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Ruth S
Ruth S2 months ago

Thanks.

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