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Ecosia - the search engine that plants trees

 
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Hey guys, I stumbled across this the other day and thought I'd share here.

Ecosia is a search engine based out of Berlin that uses 80% of their profits to plant trees. I figured, hey, what could it hurt, so I installed the browser extension and made it my default search engine.

Here's how to make Ecosia your default search engine.

It's only been a few hours, but with the amount that I use my search engines, I'm giving it a pretty good workout.



I'll post any notes here on use.

One thing I have noticed so far, that is not a huge deal, but whenever I search for a conversion for a unit of measurement or currency, it doesn't have a built-in widget in the search results like Google does. Again, no big deal, I just have to click on something.

There's also no shopping category, which kind of sucks, but Google's isn't that intuitive anyway.

They have a page where they list job openings with their company - there's only one there right now:

Jobs with Ecosia

Does anyone have any experience with this search engine - is it as wonderful an idea as I think it is?
 
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Seems pretty damn cool to me..

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I just stumbled across this morsel.  Might be worth advertising it big time.  A permie type search engine that plants trees!  


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Roberto, if you hadn't posted it again in a new thread I wouldn't have heard of it. So good job bringing the topic back up and into the forefront for folks to discover.
 
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BTW have you heard of care2network http://www.care2.com/ ? It is a social media network started in the late 90's that is designed for activists and socially conscious folks. There is a click to donate section where your clicks on causes signals the advertizers on the site to donate to those causes. As well as there are rewards for participation on the site that can be "cashed" in for further donations like planting trees, off setting carbon, raise a farm animal humanely, etc...

This is another option folks might like, I was rather surprised that there isn't much of a permaculture presence on the site too. So it is rip for permies to spread info and find sympathetic ears to convert to permiculture.
 
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So this search engine just got a little boost from RT networks show Redacted Tonight. Thought I would share here for folks to hear a little interview with Ecosia's Communications Officer.

 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX6NUERQ_dU

hioooooooo this makes me happy, because boycotts/Purchasing/Choosing which services to use is like the primary point of contact at which human masses effect the world at large.  

Somebody scheme some ambitiously massive boycott, in which quite a number of bad organizations employing bad people doing bad things would financially implode.  That'd be great!
 
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John Hutter wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX6NUERQ_dU

hioooooooo this makes me happy, because boycotts/Purchasing/Choosing which services to use is like the primary point of contact at which human masses effect the world at large.  

Somebody scheme some ambitiously massive boycott, in which quite a number of bad organizations employing bad people doing bad things would financially implode.  That'd be great!




Thank you for reviving this thread. I had never heard of Ecosia before. But now it is my search engine. :-)
 
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