Doing what you can to help the environment around us is simple; switching off plug sockets when they aren’t in use, cycling or walking instead of driving short distances, and recycling your rubbish can all go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint. But what if I told you that there is now a way to search the web while planting trees? You’d think I was going mad. However, that is exactly what has been created and people are going crazy for it!
Ecosia, which is powered by Bing, plants a tree for every single search that is performed on its engine. Search ads generate income for Ecosia and then they use that income to plant trees. Currently they have planted over 4,341,890 trees in Burkina Faso, Africa.
Since being founded in 2009, Ecosia has evolved dramatically and by 2020, founder Christian Kroll wants to have planted one billion trees. However, it isn’t only the environment that has benefitted from the programme. Since the end of 2014 Ecosia have been supporting a small village named Lilengo which is situated within Burkina Faso. Before the programme started there was only one child who attended secondary school in the area, but 18 months on more children have started attending school, women have had more access to jobs and there is more food available to both people and their livestock.
If you would like to start supporting Ecosia you can visit their website via https://www.ecosia.org/.