In late 2009, Christian Kroll of Germany created Ecosia, a search engine that uses its advertising revenue to plant trees all around the world – from Borneo to Brazil to Burkina Faso – and thus combat the climate crisis. This month Ecosia has planted it’s 100 millionth tree.
This accomplishment is particularly stunning as the company celebrated its 50 millionth tree in 2019, a testament to the search engine’s rapid growth and growing awareness and action worldwide on deforestation and the climate crisis.
The company estimates its 100,000,000 new trees around the globe remove about 1771 tons of carbon dioxide every day. While tree planting is considered among the most effective climate solutions, its benefits don’t stop there. According to the Ecosia blog:
100 million trees means habitats for endangered animals. It means healthy rivers, more biodiversity, and fertile soil. It means fruits, nuts, and oils for local communities. It means more productive and resilient farms – and higher incomes. It means more children at school. It means that medical bills can be paid.
Planting trees is truly among the most helpful and cost-effective things we can do, both to save the planet and support prosperity for all.
In addition to its incredible reforestation efforts, the company also built its own solar plant. As a result, it now produces more than 200% of the renewable energy needed to run the entire company and all the searches by its customers.
The best part about this story is you can help contribute right now, for free and with just a click of a button. Simply go to Ecosia.com, make Ecosia your default search engine, and you can help save the planet every day.
Why wouldn’t you?
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