Camilo José Cela University will use Ecosia, an Internet search engine that uses part of its profits for reforestation.
The Camilo José Cela University (UCJC), within the framework of its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, has agreed to use Ecosia as your default Internet browser on all computers and devices made available to its students, teachers and administrative staff in Spain. But what is Ecosia? As explained on their website they are cLike any other search engine but with a big difference: that their profits go to planting trees.
Thus, with the installation of this search engine in the university and also colleges, The SEK Educational Institution, to which the UCJC belongs, will contribute to Ecosia’s goal of continuing to plant millions of trees around the world in the coming years, of which more than 425,000 have been entered into the Almeria province since 2017 of the autochthonous varieties of Aleppo pine, Andalusian juniper, red juniper, holm oaks, holm oaks and hawthorns.
The technology company works in such a way that donate 80% of proceeds you receive through advertising online, affiliate links and donations to different non-profit organizations around the world related to tree planting.
Ecosia calculates that, for every 45 searches made through your tool, a tree will be planted in the area or place where it is most needed. The educational group has 2,167 laptops, 410 desktop computers, 727 iPads and 807 mobile phones for students, teachers and administrative staff.
With these figures and once the data for 2019 has been analysed, it is calculated that the use of this search engine will make it possible to plant around 1 million trees a year throughout the planet, of which around 250,000 will be destined to continue repopulating the province of Almería.
This action in favor of sustainability is part of the curriculum for global citizenship taught by the Camilo José Cela University, as transversal values and necessary to achieve goals 13 and 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through education, which are: adopt urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects (13) and sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss (15).
This initiative joins others previously carried out by the UCJC, such as the distribution to each member of its educational community a glass bottle to end the use of plastic cups, build a heat network composed of a biomass power plant and a network of pipes that distributes energy to all the buildings of the UCJC Villafranca Campus in an efficient and clean way, or the installation of several charging points for electric vehicles on this same campus.
The Ecosia community has already planted “millions of trees in Ethiopia, Brazil, Indonesia, Spain and in many other hotspots for biodiversity.” On its website you can access a direct counter of the trees that have been planted to date, as well as monthly financial reports and tree planting receipts.