In a single day, Google, the planet’s most popular search engine, receives nearly 63,000 searches, translating to 2 trillion searches per year. Now, imagine the statistics in terms of number of trees; if the world had one new tree for every search, would climate change be a thing of the past now? While it all may sound like a startling idea to fantasize about, a German startup is striving to make this a reality. Ecosia, a Berlin-based non-profit organisation runs a search engine of the same name which plants a tree every second from more than 80% of their profits.
So far, Ecosia has planted over 56 million trees in parched hinterlands of developing nations like Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, Haiti, Colombia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda, Ghana and others. To plant one tree, on an average it needs around 45 searches and less than INR 9.
This translates to the removal of over 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. Presently, Ecosia has over 7 million active users spread across 183 nations. Founder Christian Kroll aims to touch the milestone of 100 million trees by the end of 2019, as shared with AgFunder News.
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