New Delhi: In a beautiful animation, the Google Doodle celebrates April 22, Earth Day to highlight the importance of trees and forests play in our daily lives. Unlike other animations or caricatures which underlines the importance of trees in the ecosystem, this animation weaves a story of passing the legacy of planting trees through different generations and across social barriers. In a beautiful homage to our ancestors, who had grown and lived close to nature, it encourages people of all sects and races to imbibe the habit of growing another life with their family, which will withstand the test of time and the later generations will remember them as a part of their family.
The animation begins with a small girl planting a sapling, which grows with her as she grows old, providing shade to her and then her next generation. The girl, now a granny, takes another sapling with her grandson and plants it with him, which grows up to be a tall coniferous tree, meanwhile, the boy grows to become a man. The chain features how a simple act, can become a beautiful tradition among a group of people and break social barriers across religion, sect, race and colour.
The animation features all kinds of people coming together to stand and grow old with trees and plants while sharing a common bond through their actions.
EARTH DAY 2021
Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement which began in the US in 1970. Earth Day inspired 20 million Americans — at the time, 10 per cent of the total population of the United States — to take to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts.
Groups that had been fighting individually against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife united on Earth Day around these shared common values. Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, urban dwellers and farmers, business and labor leaders. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act.
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.
Now, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more and more apparent every day. Each year, the Earth Day organisation, takes up different mottos for the year and encourages environmentalists and green crusaders to urge their respective governments to act, make laws and clean the environment, so that they leave the planet a better place for their next generation.