What do you do when you need directions? Or when you need to look up a definition?
Gone are the days of reaching for the dictionary or a map.
It’s so easy to type a question into a web browser. Those inquiries — millions a day the world over — generate income for the company that provides the software, profits from endangering our privacy, and depletes precious energy resources in the process.
There is a better way to find what you’re looking for! A public benefit alternative to the better-known corporate search engines, Ecosia is definitely different. This up-and-coming service:
- Uses profits to plant trees where they’re most needed on the planet.
- Operates transparently, publishing its financials online every month.
- Doesn’t sell users’ personal data.
- Produces more solar energy than it needs to power searches.
And, just to be clear, I am not talking about a few trees here and there.
Thanks to more than 70 projects in 35-plus countries, Ecosia has planted over 151,978,000 trees — as of when I was writing this post. That’s nearly 152 million trees absorbing and storing carbon.
It’s easy to switch to this planet-friendly option. You can update your browser’s default search engine or download the Ecosia website. Learn more on their website: www.ecosia.org.
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