Planting trees through ad revenue generated by your search engine - Is this not the most genius idea you've ever heard of? With the click of a button you can have a massive impact on the planet!
Introducing Ecosia: this web browser is like any other you would use in that it produces results just as quickly, with the usual paid-for ads at the top of your search results. However, the difference being, that 80% of the profits go towards supporting tree planting programmes around the world - from reforesting volcano slopes in Nicaragua to restoring the ancient Usambara mountain range in Tanzania.
Trees are essential for our existence on earth - not only do they create oxygen which allows us to breathe, they help to mitigate the effects of climate change by absorbing CO2, they promote biodiversity and they provide food, water security and other resources for billions of people around the world.
As well as helping the environment, Ecosia are helping to lift people out of poverty by providing a steady stream of income for local communities through jobs and produce that can be sustainably harvested to sell at local markets. So far, the search engine has planted over 14,200,000 trees and counting, with over 5,500,000 million users! How incredible is that? It'll also tell you how many trees you've planted based on your usage.