Being a Year 7 – Applying to University

In every 7th year’s lpanic_cartoonife, there comes a time when a lifechanging decision must be made (insert dramatic music). Yes, the big questions, what to study? Where to study? Take a gap year? Not pursue secondary education? Become a burlesque queen? Work at McDonalds for the rest of your life? The options are endless. The world is your oyster. These are the questions racing through every 7th year’s mind from the very first day of school in September, when teachers are telling you “this year will determine your future”. No pressure. None at all. Everything is good.

Year 7 is an emotional rollercoaster: the cake sales, the events, the planning for the future, the essay deadlines and the exams (aka death). From writing your personal statement to sending off your application to receiving offers and making a final decision while trying to juggle your social and study life in perfect balance, there is a lot of stress involved. There are so many options and the whole process can be overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting and fun!

There is always that one friend who has known exactly what they would do after finishing high school and whenever someone asked them, they would answer immediately without a single doubt, “I’m going to study chemical engineering”, “I’m going to study history of art” or “I’m going to study neuroscience”. Then there’s the rest of us, who are completely clueless and have no idea what to do. Don’t fret, you are not alone!

Figure it out! 

Time to get to work! Instead of watching the next episode on Netflix – I know that might be tempting –  or starting another game of Fortnite, step away from the distractions and start thinking about your future! Get out a small notebook or a piece of paper and a pen and make a list of the three subjects in school that don’t completely make you want to sleep or poke your eyes out. Start from there, what possible degrees have to do with those subjects?

My next tip is to go and ask your best friend, the internet, what course options are available (you will be surprised at what you find, there is a whole course about the Harry Potter books in the UK in case you are interested in that). Take some time to browse university websites and have a look at their programs, maybe something will catch your attention. Note down any courses and universities that seem interesting to you for future reference.

The way you go about this also depends on what your priorities are, is it the quality of the education? Is it being able to go to the beach in between lectures? Is it being able to take nice strolls in a park? Or is it having awesome bars and clubs to party at when you aren’t studying? Getting your priorities straight can help you decide which country/city you want to study in, which can narrow down your options and bring you closer to the answer.

Applying to university  

Depending on which countries you want to apply to, you will have to go through different processes. I’m most familiar with the UCAS process for the UK as it is the one I have done. For UCAS, you start off by making an account on the website and filling in all the details as explained on the paper given to you by your counsellor. You will have to choose a maximum of 5 courses to apply to, you can also apply for different courses at the same university.

Then comes the fun part. Selling yourself! You write your personal statement where you try to convince the reader that you are perfect for the course in under 4,000 characters. It’s important to show your enthusiasm, mention any work experience you may have had in the field and mention if you have been to MUN or MEC meetings. Explain your passion for your subject, making sure to use concise language. Before you send in your statement, let others proofread it and give you advice and let your counsellor have one final look at it before you send it off. Your counsellor will have to write you a letter of recommendation in which they give a brief overview of you saying what a good student you are! Make sure not to sound arrogant and most importantly, don’t lie, you might be asked to attend an interview where you will have to go into detail about the achievements mentioned on your statement.

Once this is all done, you just sit and wait. Try not to pull your hair out. Within a couple of weeks, you will start receiving offers, but don’t worry if you don’t because the universities have until May to reply, so don’t stress about it. The offers you will receive are most likely going to be ‘conditional’ offers, and they will ask you to obtain certain marks in your Baccalaureate.

When you have heard back from all your universities you pick a first choice, which is the university you want to go to and you also pick a backup (one that usually asks for lower grades in case the BAC doesn’t go as planned). Then you will do your BAC in June and when results come in, you send them to your first choice and hopefully you will have achieved the required grades.

Other popular countries/systems for university 

CAO (Ireland)

Selectividad (Spain)



Off you go! 

Time in year 7 passes surprisingly fast. One minute you’re on your first day of school, greeting friends and talking about the summer, the next it’s the PREBAC and the day after it’s the BAC. After the BAC, you will feel like a whole load was lifted from your shoulders, you will be so happy and relieved that it’s over. But you will also start to get this weird feeling in your stomach, thinking about leaving your friends and your family behind. Before you know it, you will be saying goodbye to everyone and you will be off to university, to start a new chapter in your life…


Interview with a graduate from the European School of Alicante

cataMy sister Catalina Schlienger (19) attended the European School of Alicante until 2017 and was brave enough to say goodbye to the sunny weather and sandy beaches to live in Maastricht (Netherlands).

Are you happy with the decision you’ve made moving to Maastricht?

Yes, I am. I don’t know if I would have been happier somewhere else, so I can’t really compare it but I’m glad that I ended up in Maastricht.

Why did you actually decide to study in Maastricht? 

I really liked the international vibe of the town and the huge number of courses that my faculty has to offer. I needed something that would constantly catch my attention, and I have found this at the University College Maastricht. I had also applied to Trinity College Dublin but my maths grade wasn’t sufficient enough. In the end, I’m very happy I didn’t get accepted because I love Maastricht too much.

What are you studying right now?

The course that I am doing is called “Liberal Arts and Sciences” and within that I am studying “Social Sciences”. It takes (if everything goes well, of course) three years and by the end I’ll have a “Bachelor of Arts”.

If you could turn back time, would you choose different subjects for Year 6/7?

I don’t regret the choices that I made back then, because even though they might not have been ideal, I still learned something from it. But now, in hindsight, I would have probably continued with Spanish and maybe even History 4 (Ms Dodds would be proud…), instead of taking Physics 4, which in the end I dropped out of in my last year. Also, maybe I should have taken Maths 3 instead of Maths 5, but I don’t know if that’s just me being lazy…

Do you miss school sometimes?

I actually do at times. Looking back now, there were so many things that you don’t appreciate enough. School was also easy in a weird kind of way, while university is so much more complex at times. School is very guided compared to university and I always knew my way around, who to ask when having questions, what to expect,…

What kind of difference is there between living alone and at home? And what are the good things about it?

Obviously the freedom that comes with living by yourself is great. You’re very free to decide what to do with your money, and no one is really there to tell you how or when to do things. With that freedom also comes a lot of responsibility, which in my opinion is the main difference: there are far more things that I have to do (apart from university work), which, if I am honest, I underestimated a bit.

Was it easy for you to settle down in Maastricht? Such as social life?

Maastricht is a great student city, not too big, not too small and there’s always an event going on somewhere (sometimes even too many). So, in that respect it was very easy to settle down. My faculty is also rather small, and I felt welcomed from the beginning and found it pretty easy to integrate.

Looking back, do you think the school you’ve been at is a good school?

I’m very glad that I got to experience the European School system, especially the way I got taught and I definitely feel very privileged to have been at a school where they put so much emphasis on languages and the way they teach them. The international aspect and being able to take part in so many extra-curricular activities is also something that I always appreciated a lot. So yes, I would say I was at a “good” school, for what I needed and wanted to get out of secondary education.

Is there anything you really miss about your hometown which you have to do without in Maastricht?

This sounds a bit cliché, but the CLIMATE AND THE FOOD. Life is just so much easier when it’s warm and the sun is shining (although Maastricht is very beautiful on a cold sunny winter day) and the freshness and taste of Spanish food is just something that I haven’t found anywhere else… Also, I never appreciated enough how cheap Alicante is.

Is there anything you could advise other S6 or S7 students, so they don’t make the same mistakes you might have made?

I feel like I’m not really able to tell them what they should or shouldn’t do or choose, but they should definitely pursue their interests. Whatever they end up doing, they should ask themselves if they can see themselves doing this for the next three or four years and enjoying it of course. And don’t stress or feel pressured (I know that’s easier said than done) and really try to figure out what you want. And if everything goes wrong, do not worry: there’s always a plan B and C and D.




Bild zum Artikel ElektroschrottSeitdem es Elektrogeräte gibt, gibt es auch Elektromüll, und er nimmt stetig zu. Leute besitzen ein Handy und fünf Monate später erscheint ein neues auf dem Markt. Dann kaufen sie es und entsorgen das alte, obwohl es noch voll funktionstüchtig ist. Doch was passiert mit dem alten Handy?

Bloß 10% der zu entsorgenden Elektrogeräte landen auf dem Recyclinghof, und der Rest kommt auf Mülldeponien, leider meistens in Entwicklungsländer. Der Müll folgt einem bestimmten Weg. Wenn zum Beispiel dein Kühlschrank kaputt ist, kommt vielleicht eine Firma und holt ihn ab. Sie lagern ihn auf einen Müllhof mit anderen Kühlschränken.

Reporter haben einen Müllhof besucht. Dort wurde ihnen berichtet, dass fast jede Nacht dort eingebrochen wird, oder dass manchmal die Mitarbeiter die Geräte an illegale Händler verkaufen. Nehmen wir an, sie nehmen euren Kühlschrank mit. Was passiert eigentlich mit ihm? Die Reporter haben einen Radar an den Kühlschrank befestigt, um seine Position zu verfolgen. Der Kühlschrank befindet sich nun auf einem Lagerplatz von einem Schrotthändler. Sie befragen ihn. Er behauptet, er habe schon seit langer Zeit keine Waren mehr ins Ausland geschickt, doch da stimmt etwas nicht. Sie verfolgen weiter und es stellt sich heraus, dass der Kühlschrank doch zum Hafen kommt. Der „ehemalige“ Händler hat gelogen. Der Radar beweist es ihnen, und sie finden heraus, dass das Gerät in Agbogbloshie landet.

Agbogbloshie ist ein Slum in Accra, die Hauptstadt von Ghana, und dazu noch die größte Elektromülldeponie von Afrika. Die Müllhalde ist 16 km² groß und dort wohnen mindestens 40.000 Menschen. Früher war es eine Lagune, wo es Fische und grünes Gras gab. Viele Menschen damals lebten von den Fischen, doch derzeit ernähren sie sich von dem wenigen Geld, das sie verdienen, wenn sie die Rohstoffe aus dem Elektromüll gewinnen und dann verkaufen. Doch um diese zu gewinnen, muss man das, was außen herum ist, verbrennen, also Plastik oder andere Metalle. So gelangen sehr viele Schadstoffe in die Luft, was dazu führt, dass viele Kinder, die dort gearbeitet haben, schon mit unter dreißig Jahren an Krebs sterben.

In ihren Ermittlungen finden Reporter heraus, dass dort das Gerät an lokale Händler weiterverkauft und auseinandergenommen wird, um die Rohstoffe daraus zu gewinnen, um dann schließlich verkauft zu werden. Doch der verfolgte Kühlschrank ist kein Einzelfall, sondern es fällt eine illegale Elektroschrottmenge von ungefähr dreißig Millionen Tonnen im Jahr an.

Was kann man also tun, um Elektroschrott zu reduzieren?

Zum Beispiel könnte man sich genauer überlegen, ob man Geräte, die man reparieren kann, wirklich schon durch ein anderes Nachfolgemodell ersetzen möchte.

Ein Artikel von Mira Graul / S3 FR



Bitcoin and Blockchain: building a better future


Ever since the financial industry crashed in 2008, distrust and resentment towards banks, multinational companies, and government institutions have been rising across the globe. These establishments are seen by many as incredibly powerful and even, to some extent, corrupt. The reason for their ever-growing influence over many industries is the result of a lack of a better option than using their services for trade. But what if there was a way to cut out these middlemen and create a new system in which they weren’t necessary? What if, instead of having to rely on multinational banks or companies as trade intermediates, one could use a system which had trust built into it and would provide the same services but more efficiently and at a cheaper cost? What if there was a way to disrupt these extremely powerful industries? Well, now there is, and it’s in the form of a system called the Blockchain.

The main application of blockchain in today’s society is for cryptocurrencies – the most well-known of these being Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). In 2008, right after Wall Street crashed and public trust for the American Federal Reserve was at an all-time low, a mysterious document called the white paper was released. It was written by an anonymous person, or group of people, who called themselves Satoshi Nakamoto, and in it the ideas for a new financial system which was to be built on the blockchain were discussed.

So, what is the blockchain and how does it work?

In simple terms, blockchain is a continuously updated record of who holds what. This record is called a ledger, and it is open to everyone and can be viewed by anyone who wishes to do so. This means that anyone can see when an asset or a service is transferred onto blockchain. It uses cryptography – a very advanced mathematical equation – to guarantee security. It operates through a decentralized peer-to-peer  system, which works through millions of computers all across the world rather than through one central authority. These computers that allow blockchain to function are called miners, and they do so through competing to solve difficult mathematical problems related to how the transactions should be put together. The solutions to these problems, which are called blocks, hold 10 minutes’ worth of transactions in them, and when the computers have figured out how to put them together, the problem is solved and a block is created. This block is thereafter put into a chain together with all the other blocks that have ever been created, hence the name. To incentivise people to use their computers as miners, whenever a new block is created, the miners are rewarded using cryptocurrency. For a transaction to go through, it must be verified by the network of miners, so if a block has been tampered with, it is rejected by the rest of the system. Due to this and the fact that all the blocks are connected, to alter the blockchain, one would need to alter all the blocks that have ever been created (which, depending on the blockchain, can be more than 100,000 blocks), not to mention every computer which has ever played a part in creating a block, keeping mind that these are all using the highest level of cryptography. Simply put: it’s practically impossible to hack.

As mentioned, Bitcoin was the first system as well as the first cryptocurrency to ever use the blockchain. So what are some of its features, and what are the reasons behind the massive interest it is generating from both investors and individuals? Bitcoin is a currency unlike any other, not only because it is solely virtual but also because it isn’t regulated through a Central Bank (and in turn the government), but rather through the blockchain (in other words, by the users of it). As previously explained, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are created through the miners putting together transactions and creating blocks, guaranteeing a constant creation of new Bitcoin. Therefore, the more Bitcoin traded, the more blocks will be created by the miners and the more of it will be produced. Furthermore, it is very similar to gold in the sense that there is a limited supply of it – 21 million BTC. However, Bitcoin can be divided into smaller and smaller units to facilitate the needs of the Economy.

To trade Bitcoin, one must create a wallet – an address which only you have access to. Through this wallet and the advanced cryptography used in the system, the user is ensured that the Bitcoin they send reach the intended person and that the money they are expecting to obtain reaches them as well.

So, what is it that is so exciting about these different technologies, and why is there so much media coverage about Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and the blockchain?

Well, when it comes to Bitcoin, many people are looking to it as it provides a new form of currency which is decentralised and regulated by its users rather than through a centralised, powerful bank. This aspect is key, as it builds trust into the system and ensures that people have the right to control their own money, which they don’t when using a centralised currency. Nevertheless, being decentralised has its downsides: Bitcoin is currently facing scaling issues regarding how many transactions can be made on its blockchain per second. Nevertheless, the virtual currency is gaining momentum and is at time of writing worth 9000€ (meaning 1 BTC = 9000), which is incredible considering that it was only valued at 3000 in September 2017. However, one could say that it’s hit somewhat of a rough patch seeing as it was valued 16400  in December 2017. It needs to be said that the cryptocurrency market is rather unstable and is prone to huge short-term price changes, with price changes of thousands of euros being commonplace.

Moreover, Bitcoin is easy to join. Setting up a wallet is simple and only takes a few days (depending on which website you use) and trading is quite straightforward, with it generally taking less than an hour to send Bitcoin across the world. Bitcoin can also be used as a trustworthy alternative as a store of value for people living in crisis countries, such as Venezuela, which is affected by hyperinflation and where people cannot rely on the national currency nor the Central Bank. In spite of what you may think due to how much coverage it receives, Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency out there. In fact, there are over 1,000 of them, with the largest being Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin. They all have different attributes and uses, but they use the same technology (blockchain) as the basis for their currencies.

While cryptocurrencies are an exciting technology which undoubtedly will have a large effect on the financial industry and our global society in the coming decades, its uses and applications are far more limited than its underlying system: the blockchain. As Don Tapscott, a Canadian business executive who is one of the people at the forefront in the industry, explained in his TED talk, our current internet is the “internet of information”, in which copies of originals are shared (for example when sending a PowerPoint or uploading a video to YouTube). However, this doesn’t work well with assets: one cannot send a copy of 10€ and still have that same 10€ as an original (something called the double-spend problem). The inability to solve this issue through the internet of information is what has been keeping us reliant on middlemen such as banks to transfer money and other assets. These intermediaries’ services are expensive to use and, since they are centralised, they are prone to hacks and other attacks. Moreover, looking at banks, transactions are only possible if the individuals have enough money to create a bank account, which already restricts a huge part of the global population from taking part in the financial system as they may not have the money to do so. Other than being slow and taking large percentages of the transferred money, they also capture our data, which can undermine our privacy. Furthermore, as we are reliant on them to transfer value, they don’t have to face any heavy repercussions if they don’t treat their customers fairly. As Tapscott put it, these intermediaries have “appropriated the largesse of the digital age asymmetrically”, essentially meaning that they have been able to profit and benefit from the internet of information while others haven’t due to the institutions in place – something he claims can be seen through growing social inequalities.

So, what can we do so that we all can reap the benefits of the internet? How can we transfer value in other ways than through these influential institutions? This is where the blockchain comes in. As previously mentioned, the blockchain cannot only be used to transfer value in the form of money. Anything of value can be transacted securely on it, whether that be music, art, or shares. It ensures fair compensation for creators of intellectual property because the system can prove that they are the creators of it, and it cuts out the middle men. This means that e.g. music artists will be able to receive all or most of the money from the music they sell on the system, instead of big label companies taking sometimes more than 90% of their revenue. Because the blockchain is auditable and holds a truth which is verified by its network, it cannot be manipulated in favor of any group or individual who claims to own an asset or product which they don’t. In other words, it holds an immutable truth. For example, if someone claims something of yours, the system is able to prove that you are the rightful owner of that possession or asset and no one would be able to say otherwise, because the blockchain is incorruptible. That’s the beauty of it. This would, for example, enable people in poorer nations or dictatorships to have the security of knowing that neither the state nor powerful companies can illegally seize their land or any other valuable belonging of theirs as they have proof that it is theirs.

So why should you care about all this? Although there is no telling what blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies hold for us in the future, it is a new system in which power and wealth creation is democratised and is more accessible for the global population, without excluding minorities. It holds vast promises and is likely to have a big, if not a bigger impact on our lives than the internet did (in fact, some are comparing Blockchain’s position today to the internet’s position in 1993 when it was becoming adapted by more and more people). However, as we know, in the early 90’s no one would have predicted such advanced and powerful systems as Google, Amazon, or Alibaba to come about using only the internet. In the same way, we have very little clue of how the blockchain will turn out and what it will be used for, but in the coming years we will undoubtedly be seeing immense innovation and new ideas within this field which may be as impactful as the internet of information.

We don’t know what applications the blockchain has, or what effects cryptocurrencies will have on our economies or day-to-day lives. We are still in the “Wild West” of this technological breakthrough and we do not yet know what lies ahead of us. What we do know, however, is that things are changing in a similar way they did in the 90s, and that it will hopefully, once again, be for the better.


Credits to Vidae Önnerfors for the help!

Thomas Humphreys, 7EN

INFORMATION, Uncategorized

Pradip – Partner Eine Welt

image2Anja Fischer, a teacher at our school, visited Kolkata for the first time as an 18-year-old. What she witnessed was appalling: children on the street without a family, countless people without a job nor an education and signs of poverty in every corner of the city. The sight of such a huge problem did not leave her indifferent so a few years later, after getting involved in many NGOs around the area and with “limitless naivety”, as she called it, she started her own project, “Pradip – Partner Eine Welt”, with the aim of helping street children in India.

Today, the initiative funds many projects in the region mainly focusing on education, health, disability and assistance for victims of trafficking. It relies on private donations, from individuals and institutions such as schools, universities and congregations. Every single cent raised goes directly to the association with almost only volunteers being engaged. Even some of her former students are now getting involved in the project which has been a great success. On top of that, a great deal of German and Spanish newspapers, such as TZ, Passauer Neue Presse, Costa Blanca News, etc have been drawing attention to her project.
Since the foundation of the initiative Anja Fischer has travelled to Kolkata at least once every year to track the progress being made. “It is hard to see so many people we still can’t help but we can’t help everyone”, she says, “sometimes people come up to you with their disabled child in their arms saying ‘please help my son’. Saying “no” gets more difficult every time but we have no choice.” Pradip, already running for 22 years, has already grown very fast and she fears it might get out of hand if it keeps growing at the same rate. “The way we treat people must be kept personal and welcoming. The bigger the project gets the more risk we take losing this.”


But the more donations the organisation gets the more people will be able to be helped. “It’s hard”, she states, “but seeing all the progress that has been made, encourages and drives you to keep on going”.

Nowadays a rethinking is taking place in some families in Kolkata, as mothers realise that sending their child to school, to learn how to read and write will provide them with the tools to stand a better chance in the future. In the long term this will lead to less poverty, less prostitution and less unemployment.
“Sharmistha Barua is a girl I have known from very early on. She has had a very tough childhood living on daily wages on the cold and dirty streets of Kolkata. She was forced into child prostitution before she got into one of our education programmes for girls. She had never been at school but had always wanted to become a teacher. She managed to finish school, went on to study at university and is now working as a teacher in a high school. Seeing those children develop and achieve their dreams is the greatest feeling of fulfilment you can experience.”

“‘I want to save the world’ does not work”, she says. “You have to think globally and act locally”. If you want to take the world a little step further towards improvement, keep your eyes and ears wide open, connect the information you receive. Why is this t-shirt so cheap? Where does this chocolate come from? Start easy; think about fair trade, refugees. And what can be guaranteed is that everyone can do it!

You can always contribute to PRADIP with a donation to the following bank account:


Check out the website as well for more information on the project:

Carl Schlienger and Aitana Verdu

INFORMATION, Uncategorized

Why The European Union?

In recent years, several European countries (UK) have been considering leaving the EU to gain more freedom in the use of economic policies and managing their own currencies.
In this article we will explain the consequences of leaving the European Union as well as the stages towards a common market, a monetary union and a hypothetical full economic integration.

In the following  table we will outline the advantages and disadvantages of monetary union:


  • Elimination of transaction costs
  • Easier trading conditions
  • Encouragement of investment
  • Reduced uncertainty              
  • Reduced travel costs
  • Increased efficiency
  • Aid from member states
  • Less independence in monetary policy and trade barriers
  • Loss of sovereignty-all countries give up their monetary rights to a Central Bank
  • In times of crisis, different nations have to be treated differently
  • higher unemployment
  • less economic growth

Sweden is one of the countries that is part of the EU but is not in the eurozone, therefore, the disadvantages of monetary union weigh more than the possible benefits adopting the Euro could bring. On September 14th 2003, the Swedish population voted decisively against joining the eurozone: 56% said no; 42% yes. It has been argued in Brussels that Sweden’s reluctance to join the eurozone has been driven mainly by a general hostility to the EU and by broad resistance to change, mainly among older people. However, the evidence suggests other reasons. Voters in the 18-30  bracket voted against joining the eurozone more than any other age group. Their two biggest worries were about democracy and sovereignty, national control of interest rates came third (in the eurozone the European central bank implements the monetary policy).

Switzerland is neither part of the EU nor the eurozone,  however, it still has many similar agreements as other EU member states. Switzerland isn’t part of the EU because in 2001 76.8% of the Swiss voted against joining the EU. Switzerland tends to be more conservative, they want quotas on immigration. Furthermore, neutrality and non-involvement in European politics has always been tradition as well as the fact that the Swiss banking system is very independent.

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Consequences of leaving the EU – BREXIT

  • Less free trade with EU
  • Less inward investment
  • Independent control on the value of their currency
  • Impose taxes or policies depending on their objectives
  • Their central bank will regulate monetary policies
  • Lose trade union on trade barriers creating inflation
  • No aid when they need it

This diagram outlines the different stages of economic integration


Do you think it would be possible to reach stage 6 Complete Economic Integration in the future?

By: Manuel, Melissa, Océano, Gabriela, Giada.


Ecosia – Saving the Planet with every Search

The internet is one of the most widely used tools in daily life. The phrase “I’ll google it” has become a vital part of everyday conversation, and a fountain of knowledge awaits at your fingertips. It couldn’t get better.

In fact, it could.

What if there was a way to benefit the Earth and be more ecologically-friendly? What if the whole school became a greener place? What if we could replant the trees that your Maths teacher has singularly killed with the millions of pages of homework he gives every Friday? After all, global warming won’t slow down by itself, and those trees won’t grow back.

I’ve found the answer.

Ecosia is an eco-friendly search engine that uses money raised from advertising to plant trees where they’re needed most.

Launched on the 7th of December 2009 by Christian Kroll and based in Berlin, this organisation has thus far planted over 21 million trees (as of the 24th of February 2018) and they have all been funded by Ecosia users.

How does it work you ask? It’s simple.

Advertisers from companies all over the world pay for their adverts to pop up on your screen as you furiously google the capital of Romania before your geography class. If you click on the advert, your search engine (usually google) gains money. Ecosia follows the same principles, and 80% of the money it gains goes directly into funding for ecological and reforestation programs, planting trees where they’re really needed.

Since people don’t generally click on all the ads, it takes on average 45 searches with Ecosia to plant a single tree, and a tree is planted every 1.7 seconds with its over 7 million users. Every month, Ecosia publishes a report on how they used their resources, what projects they funded, and where and who you’ve helped by using Ecosia instead of boring old google.

It takes less than 5 minutes to download and install Ecosia on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and I propose that we assign this ecological search engine to every school account and every computer in school.

We all need to be more eco-friendly, and Ecosia helps us do that immensely, so start helping the planet today, join Ecosia and let’s be greener.

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By Clodagh Hayes, 7en.