Whether you’re keeping up to date with current affairs through Google, or seeing what an old friend is up to on Facebook, we all love a good browse. However did you know that when you’re searching, you could actually be saving on CO2 emissions?
A cleaner search at your fingertips
Not many people realise that the CO2 footprint of an average search is estimated at 0.2 grams. In fact if the Internet was a country it would actually be the 3rd biggest consumer of energy! However, the good news is you don’t have to stop tapping away – you can now run your servers on cleaner power and it’s never been simpler to switch.
Ecosia – clean power to the people
The search engine, Ecosia recently built their own solar plant, so that they can run their servers on clean power. This is even better than buying renewable energy from existing plants, as the plant can deliver clean energy to the grid and replace electricity derived from fossil fuels.
The positives of carbon-negative
Ecosia is a carbon-negative search engine. By planting trees and offsetting its energy use with renewables, each search with Ecosia actually removes 1kg of CO2 from the air. This means that if Ecosia were as big as Google, it could absorb 15% of all global CO2 emissions! That’s enough to offset vehicle emissions worldwide.
The root to success
Ecosia use the profit they make from searches to plant trees where they are needed most. So far they have planted an incredible 30 million trees! Thanks to their users, they’ve restored 30,000 hectares of forest and planted over 400 different species of native tree.
Make a pledge to switch
Switching to an environmentally-friendly search engine is easy and that’s why Enviropledge are encouraging the nation to make the switch today.
Simply follow these easy steps for Apple devices:
- Click on Safari in the top Apple menu, and then select Preferences
- Next to New windows open with, open the drop down menu and select Homepage
- Next to New tabs open with, open the next drop down menu and select Homepage
- Type www.ecosia.org into the box next to Homepage
- Your changes are saved!
So what are you waiting for?
Make Ecosia your new search engine, help to plant some trees and together we can all clean up the planet.