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1,490,629 € donated for the environment
Between December 2009 and August 2013 Ecosia supported a rainforest project run by WWF with a total of 1,271,557 €. As of August 2013, we began donating to the Plant a Billion Trees program, for which we have already generated 219,072 € to help plant 295,747 trees. Our total contribution to the environment to date is 1,490,629 €.
Brazil’s Atlantic Forest has been pushed to the brink of extinction by urban expansion, agriculture, ranching and illegal logging. The Plant a Billion Trees campaign was launched by The Nature Conservancy in 2008 — an unprecedented initiative to reforest 1 million acres, connecting forest remnants and creating new corridors to vastly improve the resilience of this degraded ecosystem.
Highest impact per dollar
Since Ecosia aims to have the highest positive environmental impact per dollar, tropical regions such as the Atlantic Forest are ideal beneficiaries. They provide several important benefits, including freshwater protection, clean air, crop pollination, wood and food. Tropical forests are not only some of the most critical ecosystems in the world — they are also some of the most overwhelmed.
The effect of the Plant A Billion Trees program will be improvements to important watersheds that provide clean drinking water and hydroelectricity to millions of people, plus protection for thousands of species of native plants and animals. On a global scale, the trees planted by the campaign will capture atmospheric carbon equivalent to the emissions of one million cars every year.
For a closer look at The Nature Conservancy's comprehensive reforestation program, including details about the kinds of trees it involves, see "The Solution" at Plant a Billion Trees or watch this video.
There are all kinds of problems in our modern world that need fixing. At Ecosia, we want to do our share to find and support innovative solutions to as many of these problems as we can. As part of our mission to cultivate a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable world, we want to support the planting of one million new trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest by August 2014.
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