Envirosearch.org Lets You Plant Trees With Your Mouse

Driving less, composting more, generating your own energy with a home solar system: these are the lifestyle changes that can really take a bite out of your personal carbon footprint, and help create a healthier planet for us all. But these are changes that take time, money, and most of all, a conscious effort. In today’s fast-paced society, these changes may be out of reach for many.

That’s why we’re glad there are also small, seemingly effortless steps people can take to be more sustainable. This can be as easy as bringing your own bags to the grocery store, or, in the case of the newly relaunched Envirosearch.org, the simple act of resetting your internet browser’s homepage.

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Image via Envirosearch.org

A project of the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a non-profit provider of carbon reduction and offsetting services, Envirosearch.org has been relaunched on the back of Microsoft’s Bing search engine. By simply making www.envirosearch.org their home page or adding it as their preferred search engine, users help generate revenue from Yahoo! and other sources. This revenue is then used to support environmental programs and projects, such as global reforestation efforts that clean our air and water, protect wildlife and habitats, and reduce harmful pollution and emissions. Liking Envirosearch on Facebook has an even bigger one-time impact, with Carbonfund.org planting five trees, for each new fan, up to 500,000 trees.

Normally a switch like this would be a no-brainer for those who’d like to create a greener world while surfing the web. The only problem is that for some (myself included) Bing is an inferior search engine tool. Those who prefer Google Chrome or Firefox might find it hard to justify the switch to these less-powerful alternatives. But for those who only search occasionally or who already use Bing, Envirosearch.org should be a no-brainer.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog