Ecosia is a search engine that contributes 80 percent of its revenue to rainforest protection. Since 2010, Ecosia has contributed nearly $1.7 million to conservation, and for two years starting on August 22, 2013, Ecosia will contribute this funding to the Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program, with a guaranteed minimum payment of $150,000 per year.
The Plant a Billion Trees campaign was launched by The Nature Conservancy in 2008 to restore Brazil's Atlantic Forest, which is on the brink of extinction due to pressures of urban expansion, agriculture, ranching and illegal logging. This unprecedented major restoration initiative will reforest 1 million acres and connect more than a million acres of forest remnants, creating new forest corridors to improve the resilience of this critical and degraded ecosystem.
The effect 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.