The moment you open the search engine Google today, you’ll be treated to an animated doodle that will take you to the heights and depths of our planet as the world celebrates Earth Day 2019 today. Celebrated every year on April 22, the annual event is celebrated worldwide since 1970 to support environmental protection.
Today’s Google doodle introduces users to “a tiny fraction of the diversity, uniqueness and wonder that can be found among life forms on the planet we call home.” The first slide shows a wandering Albatross – a creature that has the widest wingspan in the world. The next slide shows a coastal redwood tree- the tallest tree in the world at 377 feet, “like 75 humans hight.” The third slide is of Paedophryne amanuensis, “a coin-sized croaker,” the smallest vertebrate in the world. Amazon Water Lily comes next which is the largest aquatic plant and carries an unadvised suggestion for a small person to sit on it followed by a slide on Coelacanth, a fish that has “been around since the days of dinosaurs” and is 407 million years old. The sixth unique creature introduced is the Deep Cave Springtail which is among the deepest-dwelling terrestrial creatures.
All the slides hold a link to further information on each of the organisms when clicked on the slides individually.
Earth Day was observed for the first time on April 22, 1970, in the USA when 20 million Americans came onto the streets to protest against the rising negative impacts of industrialization on the environment. They marched onto the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment which was followed by Earth Day events in more than 193 countries. Peace activist John McConnell, in UNESCO conference 1969, proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. Hence, the movement was born and is now considered to be the largest secular event in the world.