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Today, April 22, is Earth’s Day, and the doodle of the day serves as a reminder of the current state of affairs. The image shows real images taken from Google Earth that allow for comparison and impact of Climate Change on our planet: glaciers that no longer exist, sites devoured by water, drought zones, hurricanes.
The image displayed by the search engine will change throughout the day and when clicking on it, the user will be directed to a page with search results and six buttons with information about climate change and the actions we must take to combat it: summary, causes, effects, actions, news and videos.
According to the page, climate change “refers to to long-term changes in temperatures and weather patterns . These changes may be natural, but since the 19th century, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, which produce gases that trap heat.”
Although some actions depend on governments, there is a lot we can do from home to contribute and try to prevent this: recycling and minimizing the impact we cause by generating less waste, using sustainable means of transport (such as public transport, cycling or walking), saving in electricity consumption, consume less meat (its production causes between 25% and 40% of CO2 emissions) and consume “zero kilometer” food, that is, food produced close to the location where we are.
Why is Earth Day celebrated?
The idea of setting a date to raise awareness about the health of our planet was raised by the US senator Gaylord A. Nelson , recognized for his fight for the environment in the 1960s. He is considered the father of the modern environmental movement. In 1969 he organized a demonstration that mobilized more than 20 million people. The politician died in 2005, aged 89.
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, but it was not until 2009 when the United Nations made it official through a signed resolution. In 2021, during a virtual summit on climate change, US President Joe Biden referred to Gaylord Nelson in a press release explaining, “Earth Day was originally conceived and brought to life by a dedicated public servant: the late Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Senator Nelson also changed the world by creating a legacy of environmental protection through Earth Day and all the advancements it has spawned, and he did it not because it was cool, but because it was the right thing to do for our children. and grandchildren.”