Google is honoring Earth Day, an annual event to show support for environmental protection on April 22. Today's Google Doodle features real time-lapse imagery from satellites that show the impact climate change is having in different locations across our planet.
The Google Doodle includes four Gifs featuring images of deforestation, melting glaciers, coral bleaching, and retreating snow. The imagery comes from Google Earth and The Ocean Agency, and they show the significant impact the climate crisis has had over the years — and continues to have.
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The theme for this year's Earth Day is "Invest in Our Planet." "Acting now and together to live more sustainably is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change," Google wrote in a blogpost.
The four images rotate throughout the day. You can see the deforestation of the Harz forests in Elend, Germany between December 1995 and 2020; the glacial retreat at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania between December 1986 and 2020; the glacial melt in Sermersooq, Greenland between December 2000 and 2020; and the coral bleaching that took place on the Great Barrier Reef in the Lizard Island area in Australia between March 2016 and October 2017.
The stark differences in the images is yet another wake up call to start taking care of our planet before it's too late.