Google Celebrates Earth Day 2013 with an Animated Doodle

Earth Day 2013 is being celebrated by Google with an animated doodle adorning its home page.

Google today celebrates Earth Day with an animated doodle. Photo: Google Inc.

Monday saw Google celebrating 43rd anniversary of Earth Day an animated doodle, reports The Times Of India. The holiday is observed every year on April 22 to create awareness of people on environmental issues by holding numerous events devoted to the issue.

John McConnell was first in 1969 at the UNESCO Conference in San Fransisco to propose the idea to celebrate Earth Day on March 21. However, a month later, Gaylord Nelso, US Senator from Wisconsin, suggested to change the day for April 22.

Nelson was a conservationist and an environmental activist who later pushed for Earth Day celebration as a national teach-in on environmental issues after the frightful oil spill off the coast in 1969.

Each April 22 people all over the world come together to celebrate the holiday. Non-profit organizations, governments, schools and communities are also involved in programmes and activities to create awareness about the need to protect environment.

The Earth Day 2013 doodle released by the internet searching giant features a landscape and a static sun with a featured button inset inside.

With the change of seasons as the theme, users can play and pause a moving ‘sun’ or ‘moon’ on four different images, pretending to be the four seasons.

Starting from noon on a sunny day, the play button on the doodle sets the sun in motion westwards and sets. Then the moon rises and the cycle continues through different seasons and phases of the moon, Zeenews writes.

Then spring with a  little snow on the mountain tops and the flowers and the blooming plants are changed by the scorching summer followed by the frozen December when the only sign of life are the fishes in the stream.

“Today we are celebrating Earth Day with an interactive doodle that captures a slice of nature’s subtle wonders. We hope you enjoy discovering animals, controlling the weather, and observing the seasons. Use the sightseeing checklist below to make sure you do not miss anything!” the company says in its blog.

Google is well-known for its numerous doodles devoted to celebrate this or that holiday. Thus, last year the internet searching giant celebrated the amazing accomplishments of Augusta Ada King, the Countess of Lovelace, also known as ‘Ada Lovelace.’

Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) — also known as  Ada Lovelace – a computer pioneer who was a success story a century before the computer revolution got underway in earnest.

Ada is often called the first computer programmer, however, this is dumbing-down of her role in history of computing.

Lovelace showed her high interest in mathematical studies when being a child and was taught by her mother, Annabella, who was also talented in this subject.

“Visibility is also the reason why we launched the Women Techmakers series on GDL, to help shine a light on the roles and contributions of the many talented technical women in our industry today,” the company explained in its blog.

“We hope our series will complement other efforts to raise the profile of women, such as the new AOL/PBS supported website and documentary Makers.com or the work of Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis on SeeJane to improve gender balance and reduce stereotypes in childrens’ television globally.”

“We hope today’s doodle inspires people to find out more about Ada, and about the contributions made by women in general to science and technology,” Google said at the time.

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