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Google Doodle Celebrate Earth Day 2019

 Google Doodle Celebrate Earth Day 2019

Google Doodle Celebrate Earth Day 2019

Google is marking Earth Day by highlighting a few of the more extreme living things we share the planet with.

Google's Monday Doodle features an animated slideshow exploring six different endangered organisms from different Earth elevations, some of which have only recently been discovered by humans. The Doodle also includes fun facts about the organisms and offers the curious the chance to learn more about them in search.

Earth Day, which is observed on Monday this year, was founded in 1970 in response to an oil spill that occurred a year earlier off California's coast, spewing more than 3 million gallons of oil and killing more than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals and sea lions. The annual one-day celebration aims to raise awareness of environmental issues, with events around the globe promoting recycling, pollution reduction and care for the planet.

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The theme of this year's Earth Day is Protect Our Species and is intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world's plant and wildlife populations. EarthDay.org links the declines to human-driven phenomena such as climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides.

"All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life," EarthDay.org said in a statement. "We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species.

"If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity's most enduring legacy."

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The organisms featured in this year's Doodle include the Wandering Albatross, which has the largest wingspan of any living bird; the Coastal Redwood, the tallest tree in the world; the Paedophryne Amauensis, the smallest frog and vertebrate; the Amazon Water Lily, among the world's largest aquatic plants; the Coelacanth; a rare fish that at 107 million years old is one of the world's oldest living species; and the Deep Cave Springtail, an eyeless insect that's among the world's deepest-dwelling terrestrial creatures.

Some of these species were discovered in the past decade, and one thought extinct for 66 million years was rediscovered 80 years ago.

Google also shared some of the most searched for questions about wildlife, including how many teeth do snails have, how do octopuses mate, and is a gorilla a monkey. Do you know the answer to these questions? Have fun learning about our often delicate neighbors on the planet Earth.

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What is Earth Day, and what is it meant to accomplish?

A message from our president, Kathleen Rogers:
On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

In the U.S. and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental delays in children. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.

The global ecological awareness was growing, and the US Congress and President Nixon responded quickly. In July of the same year, they created the Environmental Protection Agency, and robust environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, among many.

One billion people
Earth Day is now a global event each year, and we believe that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.

Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, has chosen as the theme for 2018 to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate primarily single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics.  EDN is educating millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that plastic waste is creating serious global problems.

From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival.

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Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species

Find out more about the 2019 theme for Earth Day, to protect threatened and endangered species.

Earth Day 2018 and Beyond: End Plastic Pollution

EDN built a multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution. Our goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics. EDN’s End Plastic Pollution campaign includes four major components:
Leading a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;
Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution;
Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reduce, refuse, reuse, recycle and remove plastics and
Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.

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