Earth Day is celebrated in a Google Doodle that “highlights how everyone can plant the seed for a better future – one sapling at a time!”
The Earth Day Google Doodle video begins with an image of a woman lying under a tree and a little girl holding a sapling. Then the video sees the child planting the sapling and watching it turn into a tree as he gets older. The old woman then gives a sapling to a little boy, and the cycle repeats over and over again until there is a forest.
Sophie Diao, the artist behind the video, said it was inspired by “the stories of people who planted trees very young and cared for them throughout their lives, and people – sometimes as a community, other times working individually – which has set itself the goal of reforesting a place, whether it is one of the densest cities in the world or a once lush and verdant arid desert.
“Once I got the idea of animating an aging little girl with a tree, the rest of the Doodle story fell into place very naturally. A person can pass a sapling to someone. else, and trees can sustain themselves for many generations. human lives. Even if each person plants only one tree, if you share it with enough people, you will end up creating an entire forest. “
In a question-and-answer session, Diao explained to Google why the Doodle was important to her, “Earth Day is special every year, but this year in particular, I have come to appreciate the influence of Anchor. trees.
“A big part of every day for me is looking out my window and admiring the variety of species – bronze medlar, bougainvillea, jacaranda, sweet michelia, wisteria, and more – that make up the urban forest on the street where I live. . each year passes, i can’t wait to see them bloom, flick through and grow a little more.
“On the other hand, every year we face catastrophic weather events that remind us of what happens when we neglect to take care of the planet. Earth Day is a chance for all of us to take a step back from our daily lives and look at the big picture, to take a deep breath and remind yourself that we are part of nature.
The video ends with the word Google spelled out using tree branches. Google Doodle says it wants to “encourage everyone to find a small gesture that they can do to restore our Earth. It is bound to take root and flourish into something beautiful,” adding “Happy Earth Day 2021! “
Diao said that she hopes people see her works and know that ” [their] the contribution can make a big difference. We have the power to create a better future if we work together. “
Earth Day was created in 1970 and is celebrated annually on April 22. It was created by then-Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson, Republican MP Pete McCloskey and activist Denis Hayes. The first Earth Day inspired 20 million Americans (10% of the American population at the time) to take to the streets to demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development.
Today, more than 190 countries are involved, according to the organization Earth Day, which claims that the day is “widely recognized as the largest secular celebration in the world, marked by more than a billion people each year as a day. action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes. “
The organization adds, “We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many other chapters – struggles and victories – in the Earth Day book.”