Tipp No. 112: ECOSIA – The Search Engine That Plants Trees (Awarded German Social Business)

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About 51.000.00 have been already planted


Greening the Desert

ECOSIA is a German social business that was founded in 2009 after a trip around the world and the discovery of the high impact on all kinds of life by deforestation. Ecosia won several awards for its clever concept and speedy growth in Europe and beyond. In April 2014, ECOSIA was the first German company to become a B Corporation thanks to its social business model.

ECOSIA uses the profit made from your searches to plant trees where they are needed most. Get the free browser extension and plant trees with every search.

ECOSIA knows that trust has to be earned

That is why ECOSIA publish his monthly financial reports and tree planting receipts online. This way the user can hold ECOSIA accountable.

ECOSIA is planting all around the world

Trees mean a happy environment, healthy people, and a strong economy. Their awesome projects in cooperation with notable local organizations:

  • Restoring watersheds in Brazil
  • Restoring coastal forrests and natural corridors in Madagaskar
  • Trees for healthier forrests and people in Indonesia
  • Empowering women in Kenya – as part of the “Green Movement” against deforestation, land grabbing and corruption.
  • Coffee For Peace in Colombia
  • Protecting the home of the Orang-Utans in Indonesia
  • Regreening the Sahel in Burkina Faso
  • Restoring key watersheds in Ghana in coop. with “TreeAid”
  • Supporting Europe`s biodiversity in Spain
  • From Cocaine to cacao in Peru in coop. with the PUR project
  • Restoring the Atlantic rainforrest in Brazil in coop. with PACTO
  • Food security through tree planting on Haiti
  • Alternatives for Palm Oil in Indonesia
  • Reforesting vulcano slopes in Nicaragua in coop. with Dia
  • and more important projects with a focus on tree planting.

“We plant native acacia trees, because they make the soil more fertile. With our earnings we started a communal savings account for women to borrow and start their own businesses.”
Sara, 42 Mechisho, Ethiopia
From Cocaine To Cocoa, Peru


It doesn`t save data about your searches. ECOSIA doesn’t create personal profiles of his users based on their search history. ECOSIA actually anonymizes all searches within one week.

Follow ECOSIAs journey to one billion trees


For further details, just visit their website: https://www.ecosia.org/

By the way, ECOSIA is also offering a tiny Online Shop….

The headquarters of ECOSIA is located in Berlin.

Tipp No. 104: “Below The Surface” – Spectacular Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich

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When I was a child, I dreamt of becoming a crew member of spaceship “Enterprise” in order to discover new worlds, unknown life forms and different cultures. Actually, I`ve lived this dream by chosing jobs that
allowed myself to travel a lot, to visit exotic places and which is even
more important to meet interesting people of in many aspects different cultures.

Scuba diving has been on my bucket list since childhood because I was
aware of the fact that the oceans are still “terra icognita” although about
71% of the earth`s surface (2/3) is covered with water of which 97,4% is salt-water.
From the very beginning, I had the idea that scuba diving could be the
unique opportunity to experience a kind of “space traveling” without the
need to meet NASA qualification requirements.

Of course, I was also inspired by the reports about Jaques-Yves Cousteau
and his adventureous expeditions when I finally took action and passed my scuba diving PADI open water exam in the Red Sea / Egypt many years ago.
It turned out that my phantasy of “space traveling” underwater was not completely absurd. As a scuba diver rookie, who is dependent on his
equipment and the goodwill of the sea dweller, I felt actually very vulne-rable. There was no doubt, it was me who was the intruder… the alien in this outlandish – almost surreal – water world! 

The spectacular underwater photography of Tobias Friedrichs brought
pre cious memories back…
Back on board after a beautiful dive, I was completely overwhelmed by
all the impressions and my emotions…Secretly and unnoticed a few tears
dropped into the Red Sea.
I didn`t recognize myself anymore because I was convinced to be quite
top-heavy and introverted. 
All this fragile beauty underwater was simply breaking my heart.
I learnt that beauty can be painful. In particular, if it is endangered by
pollution, mass tourism (I was a part of too) and climate change.   
Maybe, it was also a dash of desparation why I experienced this sudden
“crisis of joy”. 

Tobias Friedrich`s touching underwater photography allows us to sneek
a peak  cit.: “Below The Surface”. This motto might be ambiguous in
my case.

However, I` d like to share my fascination with you and invite you to
descent into The 50 Shades of Deep Blue….Enjoy the weightlessness, the flow, hushed sound level and not to forget the encounters with still quite unknown creatures who are often as curious as the human visitor!

Friendly encounter with a brown fur seal (South Africa)
Humpback Whale (Oman)
2 purple eye dwarf gobies, sitting on top of a hard coral near Marsa Alam (Egypt, Red Sea).
Face to face with a shark


"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is 
bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he
is free."
Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910 - 1997)

In his childhood Tobias Friedrich loved to watch the adventures of the Calypso with Jacques-Yves Cousteau as its captain and the beauty of the world that is below the ocean’s surface. It’s still an overwhelming feeling for him when he has the chance to dive. He loves the elegancy and calmness of the world under water standing in contrast to the hectic atmosphere above.

Tobias Friedrich lives in Germany and started taking pictures with a DSLR underwater in the year 2007. Since then his images have been published in prestigious scuba diving magazines and newspapers around the world.

Several underwater photographic competitions, have honoured his work, resulting in over 50 awards with nearly 30 1st places.

Lately, he has been named “Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018” in the prestigious UPY London competition.

The UPY 2018 awarded photo: A panoramic view of the cargo deck inside the SS Thistlegorm with the motorcycles in the middle and light to lighten the trucks on the side of the cargo deck, near Sharm el Sheikh, Northern Red Sea, Egypt.

All waters, from zero to 30° Celsius, are attractive for him, at least there is something to photograph.

Tobias`fine arts photography is not staged. His photography is rather a result of stamina, patience and opportunity. He is not working with photomontages. The panorama view – combining a view above and under the ocean surface – is achieved by utilizing a dome camera.
He is SEACAM equipment for his Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and 5D Mark II DSLR.

He is leading expeditions and workshops around the world, where everybody can join.

Please, feel free to visit his website that shows further amazing underwater photo galleries, panorama views, beautiful aerial views (highly recommended!) and a few offerings like:

  • Underwater photography BOOKS in German and English language,
  • His calendar “BELOW SURFACE 2019″
  • A collection of high-quality POSTCARDS with unique motifs
  • His schedule of awesome PHOTOWORKSHOPS 2019 (Destinations: Egypt, Bali, Philippines, Brother Islands) – simply click on “JOIN”.

web: http://www.below-surface.com

The Calendar 2019 by Tobias Friedrichs

Indonesia Tsunami Hilfe *Spendenaufruf * (Call For Donations)

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Ein Tsunami hat die indonesischen Inseln Java und Sumatra getroffen. Ausgelöst wurde die Katastrophe vermutlich von einem Vulkanausbruch. Es gab mehr als 220 Tote und viele Verletzte.

Nach dem Tsunami in Indonesien mit mehr als 220 Toten suchen Rettungskräfte in den Schuttbergen nach Überlebenden. Es sei zudem davon auszugehen, dass die Zahl der Opfer weiter steigen werde. Mehr als 840 Menschen seien verletzt. Nicht alle Opfer seien bisher geborgen worden, nicht alle Daten lägen bisher vor.

Die Tsunamiwelle war am Samstagabend (Ortszeit) über beliebte Touristenstrände auf beiden Seiten der Meerenge im Süden Sumatras und im Westen Javas hereingebrochen. Eine Vorwarnung gab es nicht. Angesichts der Urlaubssaison herrschte dort Hochbetrieb. Die Flut riss Häuser und Hotels mit, Hunderte Gebäude wurden Behördenangaben zufolge zerstört.

Vulkan Krakatau verursacht Unterwassererdrutsch, welcher eine Flutwelle auslöste

Nach Angaben der indonesischen Agentur für Meteorologie, Klima und Geophysik war die Ursache der bis zu 90 Zentimeter hohen Wellen vermutlich ein Ausbruch des in der Meerenge liegenden Vulkans Krakatau, der wiederum einen Unterwasser-Erdrutsch zur Folge hatte. Knapp eine halbe Stunde nach der Eruption sei der Tsunami auf Land getroffen.
Tsunami-Experte David Rothery von der Open University erklärte, dass die Nähe des Vulkans zur Küste den Behörden nur sehr wenig Zeit zum Reagieren gelassen habe. Sie hatten die Lage offenbar falsch eingeschätzt und erklärt, es handele sich nicht um einen Tsunami, die Menschen sollten nicht in Panik geraten. 

Wie wir alle wissen, ist Indonesien von Naturkatastrophen gebeutelt.

Hier also ein Link des ZDF mit dem Hinweis auf Hilfsorganisationen, die sich in Indonesien engagieren:


Spendenaufruf Tsunami Indonesien – Call For Donations

Aktionsbündnis Katastrophenhilfe
IBAN: DE65 100 400 600 100 400 600
Stichwort: ZDF Nothilfe Indonesien
Online-Spenden: Aktionsbündnis Katastrophenhilfe 
Im Aktionsbündnis Katastrophenhilfe haben sich Caritas international, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe und UNICEF Deutschland zusammengeschlossen.

Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft
Spendenkonto: Bank für Sozialwirtschaft 
IBAN: DE29 100 20 5000 100 20 5000 
Stichwort: Tsunami Indonesien 
Online-Spenden: https://spenden.entwicklung-hilft.de/ 
Das Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft bilden Brot für die Welt, Christoffel-Blindenmission, DAHW, Kindernothilfe, medico international, Misereor, terre des hommes, Welthungerhilfe sowie German Doctors, Oxfam und Plan International.

Aktion Kleiner Prinz, Internationale Hilfe für Kinder in Not e.V.
Spendenkonto: Sparkasse Münsterland Ost
IBAN: DE46 4005 0150 0062 0620 62
Stichwort: Indonesien

Ärzte der Welt e.V.
Spendenkonto: Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB)
Stichwort: Tsunami Hilfe
IBAN: DE06 1203 0000 1004 3336 60 

humedica e. V. 
Spendenkonto: Sparkasse Kaufbeuren
Stichwort: “Nothilfe Indonesien”
IBAN: DE 3573 4500 0000 0000 4747
Online-Spenden: humedica.org/spenden

medico international
Spendenkonto: Frankfurter Sparkasse
Stichwort: “Nothilfe Indonesien”
IBAN: DE21 5005 0201 0000 0018 00
Online-Spenden: https://medico.de/spenden

Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V.
Stichwort: “Tsunami Indonesien”

Pax Bank