Today April 22, 2014 Google has come up with a very colourful and animated Doodle to mark the World Earth Day. The doodle begins with an animation of a rufous hummingbird hovering over flowers with mouseover text "The Rufous Hummingbird wishes you a happy Earth Day 2014!"
Six different animated doodles depicting different species – Rufous humming bird, Japanese Macaque, Veiled chameleon, Moon jellyfish, Puffer fish and Dung beetle can be found on the google home page. Each doodle shows one animal species and the environment they live, probably suggesting that we need to maintain the environment for the species to exist.
The first ever Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. The idea was the brainchild Gaylord Nelson, then a US Senator from Wisconsin. Nelson conceived the idea after witnessing the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student movement that was going on at the time against the Vietnam war, Nelson dreamt of movement that would make people think about air and water pollution and force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.
Earth Day is now observed in around 192 countries, with activities being coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, chaired by the first Earth Day coordinator Denis Hayes.