Trees: Vivaldi teams with Ecosia

Friday 28th April 2017
Browsers cosy up to reforest the world

Today’s release of the Vivaldi 1.9 browser, that also includes security fixes, ability to shuffle extensions, sorting of notes and other enhancements has the browser add Ecosia to its latest version

The Vivaldi browser  (founder Christian Kroll) adds Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees, to its latest version, with the aim of helping the planet, one search at a time.  As a result of partnership with Ecosia, Vivaldi users can turn their web searches into trees planted in the world’s most environmentally threatened areas. Ecosia donates at least 80% of its profits from search ad revenue to support tree planting programs around the world. Ecosia has already planted close to 7.5 million trees since its launch in 2009 and is hoping to reach 1 billion by the year of 2020 – now with the help of Vivaldi users.

“We are proud to join forces with Ecosia and look forward to our users making a real difference to the environment by simply searching the web (right) ,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO at Vivaldi Technologies. “At Vivaldi, we strongly believe in putting people in charge of their browsing experience, and by including Ecosia, we give our eco-conscious users easy access to a greener search engine option.”

Users installing Vivaldi for the first time will find Ecosia in the search field, to the right of the address bar. Clicking on the magnifying glass icon will reveal a menu of search engine options, including Ecosia. It is also possible to search through Ecosia in the address field after selecting this option in the Search settings. Users that are updating Vivaldi and have previously selected a different default search engine, will need to restore the search defaults in the settings prior to Ecosia becoming available.

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