New Delhi: As the world marks Earth Day 2022 today (April 22), Google dedicates the artwork of Google Doodle to one of the most pressing topics of the time: climate change. According to United Nations, Climate change has an ability to affect our health, ability to grow food, housing, safety, and work. It further adds, greenhouse gas concentrations are at their highest levels in 2 million years and emissions continue to rise. As a result, the Earth is now about 1.1°C warmer than it was in the late 1800s, the last decade (2011-2020) was the warmest on record.
Highlighting how climate change has been impacting different parts of the world over the years, Google Doodles artwork showcases real time-lapse imagery from Google Earth and other sources. The 2022 Earth Day Google doodle includes four GIFs that will be rotated throughout the day today, according to the company’s statement.
A Look At Earth Day 2022 Google Doodles
Stating the consequences of climate change, the Google page reads,
Warmer temperatures over time are changing weather patterns and disrupting the usual balance of nature. This poses many risks to human beings and all other forms of life on Earth.
The first Doodle includes real imagery of a glacier retreat at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The images used in the time-lapse have each been taken in December from 1986 to 2020.
Another imagery shows a glacier retreat in Sermersooq, Greenland using the images taken every December from 2000 to 2020.
The third imagery that will appear on the Google homepage will be of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, showing the coral bleaching on Lizard Island. The images used in the Doodle have been taken every month from March to May 2016.
The fourth and the last Doodle shows the Harz forests in Elend, Germany, destroyed by bark beetle infestation due to the rising temperatures and severe drought. The images have been taken every December from 1995 to 2020.
Showcasing some of the Earth Day 2022 Google Doodles on social media channel, Google India said,
Greenland lost more than a million tonnes of ice per minute in 2019. This #GoogleDoodle of the coastlines of Semersooq shows us what this loss looks like ..
Greenland lost more than a million tonnes of ice per minute in 2019. This #GoogleDoodle of the coastlines of Semersooq shows us what this loss looks like: https://t.co/QAyOmEjRR1 #EarthDay pic.twitter.com/XsekZL8rC5
— G????????GLE INDIA (@GoogleIndia) April 22, 2022
Sharing another Google Doodle on social media, Google India said,
Africa’s tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro has lost nearly 80% of its snow caps since 1912.
Africa’s tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro has lost nearly 80% of its snow caps since 1912 and here’s why: https://t.co/QAyOmEjk1t
— G????????GLE INDIA (@GoogleIndia) April 21, 2022
Urging people to live more sustainably and help save planet earth from the ill effects of climate change, Google said,
Acting now and together to live more sustainably is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
About Earth Day 2022
Earth Day is observed every year on April 22. This year, the theme for Earth Day 2022 is “Invest In our Planet”. Stressing on the ‘time is now’ and calling for urgent climate action, Earth Day 2022 calls people to, “Act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.”
This is the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 that demonstrated against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts. Since then according to Earth Day Organisation, the day has helped mobilise one billion people and engaged over 190 countries.
NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, that is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.