Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Raise money for charity by web searches with VeoSearch.com

Received a comment following my post on the free eco search engine called Ecocho, letting me know about a search engine that supports sustainable development charities.

Veosearch gives money to a number of Sustainable Development projects through the online searches made via the site. It has just launched in the UK having started in Paris.

Every search generates advertisement revenues. 50 % of these revenues are distributed to the charities on the site.

The searches are in partnership with Google, Yahoo, Ask, Exalead so should be pretty good.

The charities are engaged in at least one of the three main pillars of Sustainable Development: social work, environment protection or sustainable economics. The list of charities can be added to and can be found here.

For more information on Veosearch works visit the FAQs area, and to support specific charities, you need to register an account. After that, you support the charities you want by clicking on “add” or “+” on their own pages. These will then automatically be part of your selection and will remain until you change your selection.

Looks like a good idea and I will get round to changing the search engine on my blog to help generate revenue for one of the charities. More info on how to do this or other ways to show your support for Veosearch and its fundraising follow this link.

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Mapping the credit crunch with BBC Radio 4

Came across this blog on the BBC Radio 4 site which attempts to assess and map the UK public mood on on particular issues, starting with this question:

What single factor is hurting you most about the credit crunch?

You can choose from six options and will be asked for the first part of your postcode - that's it. It should take less than a minute to complete and the map is updated every 30 minutes.

You won't be asked for any personal information and what you do submit won't be used for any other purpose.

BBC Radio 4 are working on this project with CASA (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) based at the University College London, who've developed MapTube, a map-sharing website.

You can view the current map here.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Norwich to get Connect2 pro-cycling funding for river crossing between city and Whitlingham Park

Sustrans, the UK sustainable transport charity, have been successful in the People's £50 Million Lottery Giveaway for their Connect2 project.

Sustrans will use the funding to invest in walking and cycling UK-wide as part of the 5-year Connect2 project in partnership with local authorities.

One of the Connect2 projects is up to £1 million to benefit Norwich by providing a river crossing from the City to Whitlingham Country Park.

The planned route would stretch from Whitlingham Country Park over the River Yare and River Wensum and behind Norwich City Football Club. Photos of the event to launch the Norwich bid can be found here.

The Tour Norfolk site has good information about Whitlingham Country Park and its facilities.

The former gravel quarry is now an excellent centre for water sports, and a great place for walking, cycling and wildlife. The official web site Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre is here.

Sustrans are the charity behind the National Cycle Network, Safe Routes to Schools, Bike It and TravelSmart.

This might inspire me to pump up the tyres on my old bike and brave cycling again after more than 10 years!

I came across the excellent Norwich Cycling Campaign web site, which provides useful information to promote cycling and cyclists in Norwich.

NCC are also campaigning against the insane decision by Norwich City Council to pilot the use of our cycle lanes by HGV's, which I previously blogged about.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Launch of first free eco search engine in the UK

Got an email about a new search engine called Ecocho.

The name “ecocho” means “Ultra ecological” derived from: “eco” for ecological and “cho” meaning “extremely” or “ultra” in Japanese.

It is a free search engine, which plants up to two trees for every 1000 searches made via the engine.

With over 1.5 billion internet searches made in the UK every month, if every search was made via ecocho.co.uk, that would equate to a maximum of 3 million trees every month. It's essentially a really easy way to offset your carbon footprint.

It might not be Google but it works and has a worthy aim. Why not give it a try?

Here is their press release:

Search your way to a greener planet. World’s first “ultra ecological” search
engine launches in the UK

ecocho.co.uk, the world’s first free green search engine that offsets carbon emissions at no cost to the user, launched this week in the UK and 14 countries across the world.

Powered by Google and Yahoo, ecocho.co.uk is an Australian initiative designed to fight climate change by sponsoring the planting of up to two trees for every 1000 searches made. Switching to ecocho.co.uk is a simple step towards saving the environment without sacrificing quality search results.

Founder of ecocho.com, Tim Macdonald said “In the UK alone, people conduct over 1.5 billion Internet searches a month*. If we can capture just one per cent of that traffic, we will make a significant contribution towards lowering the impact of harmful greenhouse gas emissions.”

In Australia, ecocho will purchase carbon-offset credits through the New South Wales Government Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme (GGAS) and KPMG will check the acquisition, registration and retirement of the carbon credits.

“ecocho.co.uk aims to reinvest 70 per cent of the site’s revenue in carbon-offset credits and as the site progresses, we’ll begin to support similar carbon-offsetting schemes in other states and countries,” said Mr Macdonald.

“The search engine is one of the easiest ways people can change their everyday behaviour to make a positive impact on the environment.”

To find out more about the initiative and start offsetting your carbon emissions, visit http://www.ecocho.co.uk/

Data supplied by Nielsen Online, MegaView Search, February 2008

Notes to Editors:

Ecocho.com buys carbon-offset credits using money generated through advertising on the website. Carbon credits are then used to invest in tree growing initiatives. The site is powered by both Yahoo and Google technology; the user can choose their favourite search engine to power ecocho.comecocho.com is a completely free service.

The process of “carbon-offsetting” involves contributing to a reduction in the amount of damaging carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – trees qualify as a recognised form of carbon-offsetting. The name “ecocho” means “Ultra ecological” derived from: “eco” for ecological and “cho” meaning “extremely” or “ultra” in Japanese.

About echocho.comecocho.com is owned by Yield Media, a subsidiary of Photon Group. The young core group of staff responsible for the ecocho.com is passionate about climate change issues and creating behavioural changes that impact the environment now.