Street smarts 

It was the day over half a million people took to the streets to demand political action against climate change.

More than 2,800 demonstrations were staged in some 150 countries for the People’s Climate March Sunday to show this week’s UN Climate Summit in New York that words alone won’t change the world. 

In Berlin, Ecosians were among 10,000 advocates who converged at the Brandenburg Gate to show their support that day. Ecosia marched with the city’s annual Silent Climate Parade, whose sixth “silent” demonstration (participants wear headphones to tap into music and speeches at the event) drew more than 4,000 people.

Follow developments from the UN Climate Summit 2014 here. If you took part in the Climate March where you are, tell us about it below and/or submit your photos (with a short caption) for a chance to have them posted: info [at] ecosia.org.

Your (energized) Ecosia Team

Sound off
Droughts. Wildfires. Floods. Famines. We realize this is only the beginning. But do they?
As world leaders take to New York City Tuesday for the first climate talks since 2009’s failed Copenhagen summit, we take to the streets.  
Join Ecosia along with hundreds of thousands of advocates around the world this Sunday, September 21st for the largest global climate demonstration to date – the People’s Climate March. 
Next week’s summit will see UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon bring heads of state, finance, business and non-profit organizations together in New York to “strengthen climate resilience” and “mobilize political will for a meaningful political agreement” in the lead up to the negotiating table at Paris 2015. 
Let’s show world leaders that action against climate change begins and ends with real people in the real world calling for real change. Join us in Berlin or at one of thousands of local demonstrations around the globe to show your support. 
In Berlin, you’ll be able to meet members of the Ecosia team, including our beloved Ambassadors, pick up flyers, march together and learn more about being the change we hope to see in the world.
When: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Where: Neptunbrunnen (look for Ecosia signs at Alexanderplatz)
Looking forward to marching together – whether in person, or in spirit.
Your (excited) Ecosia Team

Sound off

Droughts. Wildfires. Floods. Famines. We realize this is only the beginning. But do they?

As world leaders take to New York City Tuesday for the first climate talks since 2009’s failed Copenhagen summit, we take to the streets.  

Join Ecosia along with hundreds of thousands of advocates around the world this Sunday, September 21st for the largest global climate demonstration to date – the People’s Climate March. 

Next week’s summit will see UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon bring heads of state, finance, business and non-profit organizations together in New York to “strengthen climate resilience” and “mobilize political will for a meaningful political agreement” in the lead up to the negotiating table at Paris 2015

Let’s show world leaders that action against climate change begins and ends with real people in the real world calling for real change. Join us in Berlin or at one of thousands of local demonstrations around the globe to show your support. 

In Berlin, you’ll be able to meet members of the Ecosia team, including our beloved Ambassadors, pick up flyers, march together and learn more about being the change we hope to see in the world.

When: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Where: Neptunbrunnen (look for Ecosia signs at Alexanderplatz)

Looking forward to marching together – whether in person, or in spirit.

Your (excited) Ecosia Team

Your searches, secured
The internet can be a wild place. That’s why we hired these bouncers from Arizona in 1885 to secure Ecosia’s proverbial door.
OK, so our security isn’t quite like that. But Ecosia is now running SSL (secure sockets layer) by default – which means your searches are always protected from snooping as they travel between you and Ecosia.    
How does SSL work? It transforms your search queries into a unique ‘language’ that can’t be understood without the key (also known as encryption). Then only your browser and Ecosia’s servers are granted access to that key. 
How do you know SSL is running? Depending on your browser, you might see “https” instead of “http” in the URL bar – or a padlock symbol will appear when you search.
Either way, you can rest assured your searches always travel incognito from your computer to our servers, and back again. And if strangers to these-here parts try anything funny along the way?
They’ll have our Arizona bouncers to contend with (and believe us, you don’t want flak from that guy in the first row).
Your (protective) Ecosia Team
Photo: Wikipedia

Your searches, secured

The internet can be a wild place. That’s why we hired these bouncers from Arizona in 1885 to secure Ecosia’s proverbial door.

OK, so our security isn’t quite like that. But Ecosia is now running SSL (secure sockets layer) by default – which means your searches are always protected from snooping as they travel between you and Ecosia.    

How does SSL work? It transforms your search queries into a unique ‘language’ that can’t be understood without the key (also known as encryption). Then only your browser and Ecosia’s servers are granted access to that key.

How do you know SSL is running? Depending on your browser, you might see “https” instead of “http” in the URL bar – or a padlock symbol will appear when you search.

Either way, you can rest assured your searches always travel incognito from your computer to our servers, and back again. And if strangers to these-here parts try anything funny along the way?

They’ll have our Arizona bouncers to contend with (and believe us, you don’t want flak from that guy in the first row).

Your (protective) Ecosia Team

Photo: Wikipedia

Pleeeaase start using this website, https://www.ecosia.org, it’s basically a search engine that plants trees every time you use it, how beautiful is that? It’s pretty much the same as google only like a million times more ethical- 80% of their income goes toward tree planting programs in Brazil. It’s totally free and there’s an app available for IOS too, so you really don’t have an excuse… Now go and help the environment my darlings!

Fall From Grace: GUYS GUYS GUYS 

How amazing are Ecosians? 

This amazing: A Tumblr post by what-kitty-didnext has been re-blogged over 6,300 times and counting. Thank you – literally a million times over – from Ecosians around the world.

Let’s plant some trees!

Your (smitten) Ecosia Team

The Happiness Experiment
It started with a second-hand hack of our office space, and turned into a constructive critique on office life.
We postured that if we want to add happiness and trees to the world, we must first cultivate these things at work. 
So far, so good with the trees:

Just kidding, that’s not our office:

You may have noticed the trees have grown! So we took photosynthetic cues from them and got some sun ourselves on a recent field trip to Tempelhofer Feld:

…which inspired a slew of other offline activities, like monthly sustainability movie nights. Ecosia Ambassadors Tony and Peter are pictured here with our very own Fátima at last week’s screening of Once Upon a Forest.  

Next, our mission statement, values and short-term goals went up on the bathroom wall. 

Then, instead of eating out, we prepared a Kartoffeln & Quark lunch together (Greg did the salad).

It was delicious, but that afternoon’s food coma reminded us how nap/meditation time could also be awesome/healthy. So we equipped the office accordingly:

Soon Christian’s newfound freshness of mind and body inspired him to start experimenting with a series of mid-morning smoothies: 


Christian actually began treating the team team twice a day – smoothies in the a.m. and cappuccinos in the p.m.. We have been most grateful for both.
Maybe it’s that gratitude. Maybe it’s the kind gestures. Maybe it’s the fresh air, the sun, the films, the rests or the meals together. In any case, we’d probably all agree that work has felt especially human lately.
So the Happiness Experiment continues: Now you tell us – what do you do to stay in balance?
Your (presently content) Ecosia Team

The Happiness Experiment

It started with a second-hand hack of our office space, and turned into a constructive critique on office life.

We postured that if we want to add happiness and trees to the world, we must first cultivate these things at work. 

So far, so good with the trees:

Just kidding, that’s not our office:

You may have noticed the trees have grown! So we took photosynthetic cues from them and got some sun ourselves on a recent field trip to Tempelhofer Feld:

…which inspired a slew of other offline activities, like monthly sustainability movie nights. Ecosia Ambassadors Tony and Peter are pictured here with our very own Fátima at last week’s screening of Once Upon a Forest.  

Next, our mission statement, values and short-term goals went up on the bathroom wall. 

Then, instead of eating out, we prepared a Kartoffeln & Quark lunch together (Greg did the salad).

It was delicious, but that afternoon’s food coma reminded us how nap/meditation time could also be awesome/healthy. So we equipped the office accordingly:

Soon Christian’s newfound freshness of mind and body inspired him to start experimenting with a series of mid-morning smoothies: 

Christian actually began treating the team team twice a day – smoothies in the a.m. and cappuccinos in the p.m.. We have been most grateful for both.

Maybe it’s that gratitude. Maybe it’s the kind gestures. Maybe it’s the fresh air, the sun, the films, the rests or the meals together. In any case, we’d probably all agree that work has felt especially human lately.

So the Happiness Experiment continues: Now you tell us – what do you do to stay in balance?

Your (presently content) Ecosia Team

Mahlzeit!
We are 67% Spanish, Polish, Tunisian, Canadian and US-American, but today we are being German. #kartoffelnundquark #happyfriday
For those unfamiliar with quark, it comes highly recommended for both hunger and injury-related inflammation. This meal included a heated debate about its English-language name (we were all wrong).
Love & trees,
Your (food-coma-stricken) Ecosia Team :)

Mahlzeit!

We are 67% Spanish, Polish, Tunisian, Canadian and US-American, but today we are being German. #kartoffelnundquark #happyfriday

For those unfamiliar with quark, it comes highly recommended for both hunger and injury-related inflammation. This meal included a heated debate about its English-language name (we were all wrong).

Love & trees,

Your (food-coma-stricken) Ecosia Team :)

The trees for the forest
More than 700,000 planted since the relaunch last August – pretty unbelievable for less than a year of Ecosians searching and shopping the web.
Sure, Ecosia publishes monthly donation receipts. And yes, The Nature Conservancy is so excited about the project, they posted an article. But a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s time for the world to see the tree-planting awesomeness Ecosians have made possible in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. 

Behold! It all begins with a seed – boxes of millions of them in fact, awaiting planting at tree nurseries throughout the country. The ones pictured above are from the Guaraquecaba Carbon Projects east of Curitiba in the state of Parana, Brazil.

Next, the seeds are nursed into seedlings. These little guys will one day be full-grown ”Schizolobium parahyba” or Guapuruvu trees. They’re waiting near the city of Guarapuava in Parana at a large, state-owned tree nursery for their turn to be planted. 

This local gardener is tending to some seedlings at a nusery run by the Sao Paulo State water Company (SABESP). The Conservancy partners with SABESP to reforest degraded riparian areas in watersheds that supply water to the city of Sao Paulo and surrounding communities.

Soon it’s time to take root in the wild! The local forester above is planting trees on a hillside in the Jaguari watershed near Extrema, Brazil. Planters can put as many as 300 trees a day in the ground – such as Pedro Agustin (below) whose diligent hands are reforesting an area near Extrema, Brazil.

The Nature Conservancy’s Atlantic Forest program has a Water Producer Program to compensate landowners who protect and reforest riparian areas on their lands. 
By the end of August, Ecosia is aiming to assist these fine folks by funding the planting of a total of 1 million new trees throughout the region. With more than 700,000 under our collective belts, we’ve made stellar progress together. But that’s only a third of the way to our goal – and we’re down to 46 days until the end of August!
We’ll need a whopping 300,000 new trees in that time – but maybe, just maybe, if we all spread the word like never before, we can beat all odds. 
Are you in?
Your Ecosia Team :)

Photos: Title, 1 & 4 by Scott Warren; 2, 3 & 5 by Adriano Gambarini

The trees for the forest

More than 700,000 planted since the relaunch last August – pretty unbelievable for less than a year of Ecosians searching and shopping the web.

Sure, Ecosia publishes monthly donation receipts. And yes, The Nature Conservancy is so excited about the project, they posted an article. But a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s time for the world to see the tree-planting awesomeness Ecosians have made possible in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

©Scott Warren

Behold! It all begins with a seed – boxes of millions of them in fact, awaiting planting at tree nurseries throughout the country. The ones pictured above are from the Guaraquecaba Carbon Projects east of Curitiba in the state of Parana, Brazil.

©Adriano Gambarini

Next, the seeds are nursed into seedlings. These little guys will one day be full-grown ”Schizolobium parahyba” or Guapuruvu trees. They’re waiting near the city of Guarapuava in Parana at a large, state-owned tree nursery for their turn to be planted. 

©Adriano Gambarini

This local gardener is tending to some seedlings at a nusery run by the Sao Paulo State water Company (SABESP). The Conservancy partners with SABESP to reforest degraded riparian areas in watersheds that supply water to the city of Sao Paulo and surrounding communities.

©Scott Warren

Soon it’s time to take root in the wild! The local forester above is planting trees on a hillside in the Jaguari watershed near Extrema, Brazil. Planters can put as many as 300 trees a day in the ground – such as Pedro Agustin (below) whose diligent hands are reforesting an area near Extrema, Brazil.

©Adriano Gambarini

The Nature Conservancy’s Atlantic Forest program has a Water Producer Program to compensate landowners who protect and reforest riparian areas on their lands. 

By the end of August, Ecosia is aiming to assist these fine folks by funding the planting of a total of 1 million new trees throughout the region. With more than 700,000 under our collective belts, we’ve made stellar progress together. But that’s only a third of the way to our goal – and we’re down to 46 days until the end of August!

We’ll need a whopping 300,000 new trees in that time – but maybe, just maybe, if we all spread the word like never before, we can beat all odds. 

Are you in?

Your Ecosia Team :)

Photos: Title, 1 & 4 by Scott Warren; 2, 3 & 5 by Adriano Gambarini

We’re growing
Exciting news: The popular San Francisco-based charitable app Bloson is coming together with Ecosia to maximize our positive impact on the environment.
Bloson is migrating all app users from its service to Ecosia’s brand new Ecolink extension – the easiest way to plant trees while shopping online.
Once the move is complete, former Bloson users will be a full-fleged part of Ecosia’s effort to restore and protect Brazil’s Atlantic Forest in all of its precious, habitat-wielding, carbon-capturing glory.
Ecosians have already helped The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program fund more than 730,000 new trees in under eleven months – an incredible effort that can only grow in speed and impact when Bloson and Ecosia combine their tree-planting power.
As one of the most crucial factors in the battle against environmental destruction, speed is key. So here’s to our growing strength in numbers – and a very warm welcome to everyone from Bloson.
Keep up the good work! :)
Your Ecosia Team

We’re growing

Exciting news: The popular San Francisco-based charitable app Bloson is coming together with Ecosia to maximize our positive impact on the environment.

Bloson is migrating all app users from its service to Ecosia’s brand new Ecolink extension – the easiest way to plant trees while shopping online.

Once the move is complete, former Bloson users will be a full-fleged part of Ecosia’s effort to restore and protect Brazil’s Atlantic Forest in all of its precious, habitat-wieldingcarbon-capturing glory.

Ecosians have already helped The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program fund more than 730,000 new trees in under eleven months – an incredible effort that can only grow in speed and impact when Bloson and Ecosia combine their tree-planting power.

As one of the most crucial factors in the battle against environmental destruction, speed is key. So here’s to our growing strength in numbers – and a very warm welcome to everyone from Bloson.

Keep up the good work! :)

Your Ecosia Team

Search and you shall receive
Maps. News. Pics. Biographies. You told us you needed a better search, and we couldn’t have agreed more.
That’s why the latest update to Ecosia’s search experience gets you exactly what you need faster than ever, with richly blended search results to give you the whole story. It’s never been this easy to help the environment while searching the web.
An updated search results page lends Ecosia new life and relevance: Blended results powered by Yahoo! incorporate the latest news, images, videos and maps for your search query – so you find what you need right away. Enjoy improvements across other search modes too, including better images and a maps services powered by Google’s enhanced API.   
Don’t wait – get the information you need now: Ecosia’s freshly streamlined search technology now returns results in a fraction of the time it used to – meaning that saving the rainforest can also save you valuable seconds.
What else? Get results tailored to the past day, week or month with the addition of chronological filters on the search results page. We were listening, too, when you asked about data privacy at Ecosia – so check out our updated Privacy Policy. Plus, donate for free when you shop just about anywhere on the web with the all-new EcoLinks browser extension.
Now, it’s your turn: Tell us what you think, either here, on Facebook or via Twitter. With your help, we’re going to make searching the web and saving the environment better, faster and easier than ever!

The Ecosia Team

Search and you shall receive

Maps. News. Pics. Biographies. You told us you needed a better search, and we couldn’t have agreed more.

That’s why the latest update to Ecosia’s search experience gets you exactly what you need faster than ever, with richly blended search results to give you the whole story. It’s never been this easy to help the environment while searching the web.

An updated search results page lends Ecosia new life and relevance: Blended results powered by Yahoo! incorporate the latest news, images, videos and maps for your search query – so you find what you need right away. Enjoy improvements across other search modes too, including better images and a maps services powered by Google’s enhanced API.   

Don’t wait – get the information you need now: Ecosia’s freshly streamlined search technology now returns results in a fraction of the time it used to – meaning that saving the rainforest can also save you valuable seconds.

What else? Get results tailored to the past day, week or month with the addition of chronological filters on the search results page. We were listening, too, when you asked about data privacy at Ecosia – so check out our updated Privacy PolicyPlus, donate for free when you shop just about anywhere on the web with the all-new EcoLinks browser extension.

Now, it’s your turn: Tell us what you think, either here, on Facebook or via Twitter. With your help, we’re going to make searching the web and saving the environment better, faster and easier than ever!

The Ecosia Team

Firefox features Ecosia
The month of May has been a good one at Ecosia – not least because Firefox chose our trusty browser extension as a featured add-on!
Users looking for informed recommendations about which Firefox add-ons to install will find Ecosia listed among the browser’s best.
We’d like to thank Firefox’s community board made up of add-on developers, users and fans for thinking of us.
Have Firefox, but don’t have the Ecosia add-on yet? Get it now!

Firefox features Ecosia

The month of May has been a good one at Ecosia – not least because Firefox chose our trusty browser extension as a featured add-on!

Users looking for informed recommendations about which Firefox add-ons to install will find Ecosia listed among the browser’s best.

We’d like to thank Firefox’s community board made up of add-on developers, users and fans for thinking of us.

Have Firefox, but don’t have the Ecosia add-on yet? Get it now!