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Google Doodle for Earth Day 2021 highlights how everyone can contribute to a better planet

By Kara Santos Published Apr 22, 2021 12:15 pm

Earth Day (April 22) is an annual observance around the world where people gather to celebrate the planet's environment and raise public awareness about pollution. 

To mark the occasion, Google has created an animated video Doodle that highlights how “everyone can plant the seed to a brighter future—one sapling at a time.”

The heartwarming doodle shows several generations of a family planting saplings to see them grow into huge and beautiful trees in their lifetime.

The Doodle page explains, “The planet we call home continues to nurture life and inspire wonder. Our environment works hard to sustain us, which calls for us to return the favor. Today’s video Doodle shows a variety of trees being planted within natural habitats, one of the many ways we can do our part to keep our Earth healthy for future generations.”

“This Earth Day—and everyday—we encourage everyone to find one small act they can do to restore our Earth. It’s bound to take root and blossom into something beautiful. Happy Earth Day 2021!

In a Q & A on the Doodle page, artist Sophie Diao shared how meaningful Earth Day was for her this past year and the creative process behind the animation. 

“A big part of each day for me is looking out my window and admiring the variety of species—bronze loquat, bougainvillea, jacaranda, sweet michelia, wisteria, and more—that make up the urban forest of the street I live on. Earth Day is a chance for all of us to take a step back from our day-to-day lives and look at the bigger picture, to take a deep breath and remember that we’re a part of nature,” said Diao.

One person can pass a sapling to someone else, and trees can sustain through many generations of human lives. Even if each person just plants one tree, if you share it with enough people, eventually you can create an entire forest,” she added.

Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 in the United States, marking the birth of the modern environmental movement. Today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes.

(Images via Google)