Source: News Bharati English22 Apr 2016 13:08:16

Mumbai, April 22: April 22 is marked as the Earth Day wherein an annual event is cherished all over the world. It was first celebrated in 1970, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channelling human energy toward environmental issues. And now after 46 years with even more enthusiasm it is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

Google Doodle tributes Earth by putting up delightful trail of doodles. The doodles highlight five major biomes of earth: - the tundra, forest, grasslands, desert, and coral reefs.  

With 5,000 environmental groups in a record 184 countries reaching out to hundreds of millions of people, Earth Day 2000 combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990.  
Earth Day 2000 used the power of the Internet to organize activists, but also featured a drum chain that traveled from village to village in Gabon, Africa. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC for a First Amendment Rally. Earth Day 2000 sent world leaders the loud and clear message that citizens around the world wanted quick and decisive action on global warming and clean energy.  

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  

Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.  

5 takeaways from Google Doodles’s Earth Day creation: -

1- Lonely Polar bear

The tundra has a lonely polar bear on an ice sheet below auroras. There is a skewed Google logo that is formed in the melting ice.

2- Forest and Red Fox

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Gaylord Nelson, the founder. Then to a US Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the disrupted 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

3- Grasslands and Elephant

Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media. And managed to gather 85 staff to promote the event across the land.

4- Desert and Tortoise

On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organised protests against the deterioration of the environment. All of the activists shared the common value and hence joined the protest.

5- Aquatic life-Ocean, Coral Reef and Octopus  

Finally, there are the underwater coral reefs with an octopus. The flowing tentacles of the octopus seem to form a little too many ‘G’s and ‘O’s if you look closely.