Petition for Durham University to adopt Ecosia as its default search engine

Petition for Durham University to adopt Ecosia as its default search engine

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Gabriel Nelson started this petition to University of Durham and

Welcome to the official petition for Durham University to adopt Ecosia as it’s official search engine. Ecosia is an independently owned company that gives away all of its profits to tree-planting projects across the globe to help fight against the climate crisis.

Some of you may be wondering what singles Ecosia out from its competitors. The key factor is that Ecosia operates as a carbon negative search engine. Each search on Ecosia actually removes 1kg of CO2 from the air. Here’s the maths: an average search generates around €0.005 of revenue. It costs roughly €0.25 to plant a tree, which means that Ecosia can plant one tree every 50 searches. On average, these trees will remove 50kg of CO2 during an expected 15-year lifetime.

This means that if Ecosia were as big as Google, it could absorb 15% of all global emissions. That’s enough to offset vehicle emissions worldwide. Just imagine how much quicker the world could solve climate change if Google invested its profits - $23 billion in 2016 - into planting trees.

Ecosia currently supports over 20 tree-planting projects in 15 different countries: Peru, Brazil, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Haiti, Columbia, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Indonesia.

Ecosia is a great way to fight climate change without making radical changes to your everyday life. Now that the effects of pollution are beginning to be felt across the globe, there is no better time to start contributing to the fight for our planet. 

 

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