Our forests are diminishing at an unimaginable rate and it has been estimated that half of the world’s rainforests will have disappeared by 2050. With fewer trees absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, global temperatures are increasing and the warmer climate is causing forest fires and draught, meaning further loss of trees – a destructive, vicious cycle. A reduction of trees is also affecting ecosystems and biodiversity throughout the globe, ruining habitats and polluting our air, soil and waterways.
While on his travels around the world, Christian Kroll became aware of the issues of deforestation and the problems it’s causing all over the world and came up with a creative way to help. Ecosia is an eco-friendly search engine that uses the money made from advertising to plant trees in Peru, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Indonesia. Founded in Berlin in December 2009, the Ecosia team have now planted nearly 7 million trees and their goal is to plant a billion trees by 2020. One of the main focuses is Madagascar, as sadly this beautiful place has lost 90% of its forests.
The concept is simple yet effective – it’s just like google, only whenever you’re searching online you know you are helping the planet. The search engine has around 3 million active users and each user is able to see how many trees they have helped to plant whilst using the site. The more people who use the website, the more can be charged for advertising and the more trees can be planted – so what are you waiting for? Make Ecosia your main search engine today: www.ecosia.org
Similarly, City of Trees is another innovative tree planting charity based in Manchester and is a movement aimed to revive Greater Manchester’s landscape by planting trees in derelict, unused green areas and woodland. They have planted over 105,000 trees in and around Manchester and have a number of projects underway. Click here to donate to this wonderful cause to bring green life back to Manchester.
“By planting a tree, you can fight climate change, restart water cycles, turn deserts back into fertile forests and provide nutrition, employment, education, medical assistance and political as well as economic stability. Mind-boggling, isn’t it?” - Ecosia.