Search for Trees

🌳  32 million acres of forrest have been uprooted and destroyed for human use or by natural cause. As I write this, 7.5 acres have already been cleared.

🌳  Due to deforestation 28 thousand species can go extinct in the next 25 years. 

🌳  Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second, translating to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

Oh sorry, did that Google statistic seem out of place?
Allow me to connect the two.

Driven by the disappearance of trees, a search engine called Ecosia has been developed. Every search run through Ecosia generates funds through ads that go towards planting a tree. Currently the search engine has 7 million active users, with 5.8 million euros (6.8 million dollars) raised for the cause which will plant 17.8 million trees. The number of users for this search engines comes only as a fraction compared to the users of Google. Imagine if the statistics of Google use was applied to Ecosia! The number of trees that could be planted exceeds the numbers I have learned in school. Air quality as well as climate would be more stable and the animals would have a place to thrive. Not all of us may have the opportunity to plant a tree, but by plugging into the opportunity provided we can all do our part, one search at a time.



The Pacific Garbage Patch

                        The Pacific Garbage Patch

Each year, an estimated 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped into the world’s oceans. Plastic accounts for most of the waste in our water, and U.S. residents recycle very little of the recyclable plastic they use.
Such extensive oceanic pollution has many long-term implications. Marine debris affects the marine ecosystem directly, through ingestion, entanglement, and alteration of the ecosystem. Items made from plastic, such as bottles and fishing nets, are often mistaken for food by birds or fish, and they don’t go away over time. Plastic waste accounts for up to 80 percent of the total debris in the oceans and less than 5% of all plastic is recycled. The Pacific Garbage Patch mostly consists of pelagic plastics, formed from plastic bags, plastic water bottles, bottle caps and Styrofoam. Plastic does not biodegrade, the sun breaks these down into smaller and smaller pieces through photo degradation, which is why it is so difficult to judge the size of the patches. Debris ranges in size from abandoned fishing nets to micro-pellets found in abrasive cleaners.


·       The size of the patch is unknown and estimated to be anywhere from 0.41% to 8.1% of the size of the Pacific Ocean. Most Scientists estimate it to be twice the size of Texas.

·       10% of the worlds annual 200 billion pounds of plastic produced winds up in the ocean.

·       It is estimated that 80% of the plastic in the plastics in the garbage patch come from land-based sources (rivers and sewer systems emptying into the sea) and the other 20% is estimated to come from ship and the ocean sources (cruise ships, and fishing vessels).

·       These patches also contain chemical sludge and other debris and the plastic can absorb organic pollutants from the seawater. Fish and birds eventually eat the plastic once it has broken down into small enough pieces, which humans then eat.

·       An estimated 70% of this garbage sinks to the ocean floor.

·       In many of the sampled areas plastic concentration was 7 times higher than that of zooplankton (algae).

·       Cleanup of the patch is difficult due to the size of these patches and that the areas of high concentration are constantly shifting, along with prohibitive operating costs, and that NO NATION WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for it.

Who will take responsibility? We can! Help contribute to cleaner oceans and a healthier planet.

Recently, some companies have actively integrating ocean plastic into their products or their missions. Here’s a handful of products made by companies striving to reduce waste in our oceans. Each item is infused with ethical thought and a determination to make our oceans a little cleaner.

Be part of the Solution! Click here:

The 4Ocean Bracelet: By purchasing this bracelet, you will remove one pound of trash from the ocean.

The bracelet is made from 100% Recycled Materials. The beads are made from recycled glass bottles & the cord is made from recycled plastic water bottles. 

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Poverty and Water in Africa

Poverty and Water in Africa

The Water Project, people - not hardware are at the center of everything they do. Their solutions meet tangible needs, create jobs, and respect those we serve.
And they can't do any of it without you.

The World Health Organization has shown that fixing the crisis is incredibly valuable: for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34!

Their goal is to bring clean, sustainable water supplies to within a 1km (1/2 mile) of a village. Your support makes that possible!

Could you imagine not having clean drinking water? A Small donation goes a long way! How will you help?