Today, that is April 22, 2013 is Earth Day! For the 43rd celebration of Earth Day, Google comes up with an interactive doodle. Over a billion environmentally-conscious people worldwide are celebrating nature and the natural by participating in everything from demonstrations to seminars. The focus is Climatic Change. From Manhattan to Wales to Baghdad to Tokyo, every community that exists on Spaceship Earth is willing to lend its share of sacrifices and energy-saving for the sake of the environment.
The Google Earth Day doodle was a covertly complex piece of computer art. In fact, it was an exciting interactive game in itself. The seasons change in an intricate manner that displays the plant and animal life of the planet. A fly-on-the-wall view of nature is captured and lent for the search engine user’s observational faculties. Any online user may scrutinize the animals and manipulate the weather using this doodle.
Google’s doodle is more subtle than when seen at first sight. For one thing, it is ever-changing and not static. Like nature, it holds a treasure house of surprises in store for the manipulator. The sun and the moon are seen in their mock child play of hide and seek. And clouds and rain get shown in their cataclysmic outpour.
But how is an ordinary citizen to contribute to the overall effort. Why, how else but by minimizing one’s carbon footprint (the polluting result of one’s daily activities on earth). Going to an Earth Day Event would be the second best choice. If you have done something for our fragile planet (no matter how small) just take a photograph of yourself and post it on a site that goes by the name of “The Face of Climate Change Wall.” Drop by drop an ocean of change will emerge by this clever scheme. And more and more people will get involved and add their bucketful to the river of change.
A lot of activities get accomplished on Earth Day each year. It is not a merely nominal event. Among the highlights were the Argentina Surfriders who combed the beaches and shores for trash and even planted shrubs for soil erosion prevention. In Africa, the state of Ghana organized a clean-up operation as well an essay writing contest on the environment. Jalandhar City in India became the junction where free saplings were given out for planting. Green Politics was at its best on this day. In South Korea, “Eco-Style” a variant of the viral “Gangnam Style” was hosted to cheerful applause.
Everywhere, trees got planted, the deleterious effects of pollution were erased and everything possible was done for the sake of Mother Earth. Even Google, which is more or less linked with technology, had its gift ready for online activists. A beautiful interactive doodle was substituted in place of the Google logo. It showed peaceful idyllic natural scenery. Two caves in a couple of hills covered with grass and trees surrounding a lake were depicted. Such things increase the respect people hold in their hearts for the environment.
Earth Day owes its origins to Senator Gaylord Nelson who began the tradition way back in 1970. Millions of United States citizens celebrated the commemoration of planet earth’s delicate ecosystem. The day became a globally recognized event in 1990. Today over 175 nations across the globe partake in the event with environmental zeal.
One thing to always remember is that when the earth is polluted and the forests, lakes and atmosphere are no more teeming with flora and fauna it will be the end of humanity as we know it. As a saying goes “When the rain forest goes, so do we!” So the best preparation for the future would be to become dedicated environmentalists and help save planet earth from the effects of pollution and resource depletion. That way we can make this world a better place for our progeny. And that is a worthwhile goal.