New Eco Search Engine Lets You Plant Trees While Surfing the Internet

By: The mind circle
Via: The mind circle

Google statistics show they process roughly 3.5 billion searches for people each and every day. This accumulates to around 1.2 trillion searches annually. The things people are searching for range from cute cat pictures to fetish style porn. However, a nonprofit organization in Berlin has created a way for people’s nonstop clicking and searching to help save the world’s forests.

The search engine “Ecosia” is an unusual search engine that does something that no other search engine does. With the advertising revenue that it generates, the nonprofit spends that money on the environment. It uses the money to plant more trees throughout the world and to bring more plants, animals, and water to areas which have endured drought. When trees are brought to desert areas, they are able to help regenerate the water cycle there. This eventually brings vegetation which, in turn, filters the air, produces more oxygen, and reduces disease.

With the money that Ecosia has raised so far, they have been able to help plant more than 6 million trees all across the world. They’ve also donated millions of dollars to European and African forestry programs. By 2020, Ecosia wants to plant at least 1 billion trees across the world. The Sahel desert has already begun turning back into a forest because of Ecosia and their effort.

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50 Years Ago, This Was a Wasteland. He Changed Everything | Short Film Showcase

Author: National Geographic
Via YouTube | April 24, 2017

 

Almost 50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. Today, the land has been restored to its original habitat and boasts enormous biodiversity. Bamberger’s model of land stewardship is now being replicated across the region and he is considered to be a visionary in land management and water conservation.

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The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

In Selah: Water from Stone by Fin & Fur Films, see how former Church’s Chicken CEO David Bamberger transformed a desert wasteland into a wildlife oasis.

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