This Search Engine Plants Trees With Its Profits and It Just Reached Its 100 Million-Tree Milestone


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Ecosia is no ordinary search engine—for the past 11 years, the eco-conscious company has been using its profits to plant trees around the world. Earlier this month, the German nonprofit celebrated planting its 100 millionth tree, making them the organization who has planted more native and biodiverse tree species globally than any other.

When someone searches the web using Ecosia, ads generate income, which is then used to plant trees. For every 45 user searches, enough revenue is earned to plant a tree where it’s needed most. Most recently, for example, Ecosia funded a three-million tree-planting project in Brazil after the devastating fires in the Amazon. Today, the 100 millionth tree marks a huge milestone towards their mission to make a greener world. “Thank you, Ecosians,” the company wrote on Twitter. “Every tree brings us closer to a different future, one tree at a time.”

Just last year, Ecosia celebrated its 50 million trees milestone, meaning the company has doubled its efforts in just one year. “100 million trees tackle the climate crisis by removing 1,771 tonnes of CO2 every day,” says Ecosia on its blog. “But it means so much more than that.” The trees have helped provide habitats for endangered animals, created more biodiversity, and produced fertile soil. More trees also means more productive and resilient farms that can provide fresh produce to local communities, as well as high paying jobs.

In addition to planting over 100 million trees, Ecosia has built their own solar power station in order to energize 200% of all its servers. The company’s founder and CEO Christian Kroll also promised never to sell the company, so Mother Earth can continue to flourish as long as people are using the search engine.

You can download the Google Chrome extension for Ecosia here.

Ecosia is a search engine that uses its profits to plant trees around the world, and it just planted its 100 millionth one!

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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