Every year, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22 to support environmental protection and create awareness about the importance of it. First held in 1970, Earth Day marks the birth anniversary of the modern environmental movement. It was started to spread the message of public consciousness about the state of the planet. Like every year, Google, the world’s largest search engine, created a Google Doodle for the occasion and this year’s Doodle highlights how everyone can plant the seed to a brighter future—one sapling at a time.
The Earth Day Google Doodle, designed by Sophie Diao, features a video with drawings of plants and trees and people from different generations planting them one at a time. The video, uploaded on YouTube, delivers a message that humans come and go but trees continue to live in the world. It begins with an illustration of a young girl planting a seed that grows into a tree when the girl grows into an adult. This is followed by the same woman passing on a sapling to a young boy, which in turn grows into a tree as the boy turns into an old mad. The cycle continues until the whole setting is filled with trees.
In its note about the Doodle, Google stated: “The planet we call home continues to nurture life and inspire wonder. Our environment works hard to sustain us, which calls for us to return the favor. Today’s video Doodle shows a variety of trees being planted within natural habitats, one of the many ways we can do our part to keep our Earth healthy for future generations.
This Earth Day—and everyday—we encourage everyone to find one small act they can do to restore our Earth. It’s bound to take root and blossom into something beautiful. Happy Earth Day 2021!”
In its stories section, Google Doodle reminds everyone to contribute to a better planet by providing a list of 11 pioneers who are trying to restore trees, oceans and wildlife. Take inspiration from these visionaries!
In a question-answer round, Google asked the creator of the Earth Day 2021 Google Doodle, Sophie about what it was like to create this doodle. She said, “I knew I wanted to create a narrative about the importance of trees, so I started by researching everything I could about reforestation techniques and the best practices. I was inspired by the stories of people who had planted trees when they were very young and cared for them throughout their lives, and people—sometimes as a community, other times working individually—who made it a goal to reforest a place, whether it be one the densest cities in the world or an arid desert that once used to be lush and green.”
She added, “Once I had the seed of the idea of animating a little girl growing old with a tree, the rest of the Doodle story fell into place very naturally. One person can pass a sapling to someone else, and trees can sustain through many generations of human lives. Even if each person just plants one tree, if you share it with enough people, eventually you can create an entire forest.”
Concluding by saying what she hopes people take away from her artwork, Sophie says, “That your contribution can make a big difference. We have the power to grow a better future if we work together.” - Niharika Keerthi