Ecosia is a search engine that uses advertising revenue to plant trees across the world. They currently fund reforestation projects in Peru, Madagascar, Indonesia and Burkina Faso.
What is Ecosia?
One of my major worries when thinking about switching to Ecosia was whether or not I’d get the same quality of search results as I got from Google. I needn’t have worried – to date, I haven’t been able to spot much difference at all! I still get great quality search results and I know that I am helping impoverished communities and helping to stop climate change in the process.
When I started to use Ecosia I thought it was difficult to use it as much as I would have liked. I thought that I would have to go to the Ecosia website every time I wanted to search rather than simply opening an app or typing in the search bar on the browser. It turns out I don’t have to worry about that either – I was able to change my browser’s default search engine to Ecosia. The Ecosia mobile app has widgets you can add to the home screen and even a search bar that sits in the notification bar. There are tutorials on the website but you have to search for them.
How many trees have I “planted” so far? I’ve been using Ecosia regularly over the past year. I have helped plant a total of 140 trees!
What I love: I love that making such a simple tweak to my daily routine is literally helping save to world. I also love that Ecosia stays accountable to its users: they publish monthly income reports so you know how much they are spending on trees and how much they are spending on running costs.
What I don’t love: You do have to search within the website for tutorials on how to get Ecosia everywhere. That information should be front and center! (Actually, Ecosia Everywhere sounds like a great title for a social media campaign… I am available to hire! #justsaying)