Earth Day 2021: From Google Doodle to Apple TV+ 3 New Premieres
Earth Day is a global celebration to thank the mother planet for nurturing lives as well as to spread awareness and acknowledge climate change all around the world. Every 22 April, the day turns up as an opportunity to unite the world with thoughts about the environment.
Living in a technically advanced era, let’s begin the celebration with Google Doodle. Google Doodle wished all a Happy Earth Day 2021! Fascinatingly, today’s Doodle is an animated video that highlights “how everyone can plant the seed to a brighter future—one sapling at a time!”.
The idea of animation is very close to most people, as it connects us to our childhood and reminds the happy moments with friends and family. The memories also led us to the warmth and coolness of nature around us. It is very obvious to see that the present generations are unable to experience it.
Through the doodle, Google is trying to give a message that a variety of trees being planted within natural habitats, one of the many ways we can do our part to keep our Earth healthy for future generations. After all, we call the planet our home, and it continues to nurture lives and inspire wonder. Our environment is working hard to sustain us in every scenario, either it is optimistic or pessimistic. Now it’s time to return the favour by being gentle with our environment. On this Earth Day, Google encourages us to discover one small act to restore our Earth. It’s bound to take root and blossom into something beautiful.
AppleTV+, a well-known name of the tech world, has also made an admiring approach in the honour of the day. AppleTV+ has released documentary special, The Year Earth Changed and the second seasons of Tiny World and Earth at Night in Color. As per the official website, the theme for Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore Our Earth’. It motivates natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. Moreover, the theme discards the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to approach climate change.
The Year Earth Changed
After persisting an unpredictable year of the global pandemic, The Year Earth Changed is a timely documentary special. It takes a fresh novel incline to the global lockdown and the elevating stories that have grown out of it. All over the world, people have engaged themselves with nature unlike before. It has been observed in different ways; from hearing birdsong in deserted cities to spotting whales communicating in new ways, to witnessing capybaras in South American suburbs.
In this one-hour special, spectators will experience the changes in human behaviour. It begins from reducing voyage ship traffic, closing beaches a few days a year to identifying a more harmonious relationship between humans and wildlife – may have a deep and thoughtful impact on nature.
The documentary, narrated by David Attenborough, is a love letter to planet Earth, bringing out the ways nature bouncing back. It is also providing us hope for the future. The Year Earth Changed is produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, directed by Tom Beard, and executive produced by Mike Gunton and Alice Keens-Soper.
Through season two Tiny World, narrated and executive produced by Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man”), returns to the viewers. It provides a unique perception of the natural world, enlightening the originality and strength of the planet’s smallest creatures. It has filmed 200 and more species with 3,160 hours of footage. The six-episode docuseries presents amazing stories and remarkable cinematography that limelight small creatures and their extraordinary activities to survive.
Some of the creatures, captured for the first time, are Anemone Shrimp, which clap to signal their intent as cleaners of predatory fish; the “biting” behaviour of Fang Blenny fish, filmed in slow-motion with a unique use of phantom high-speed cameras; and Etruscan Shrews, known to be the hungriest mammals on earth.
Tiny World is produced by Plimsoll Productions and is executive produced by Tom Hugh Jones, who also assists as writer with David Fowler. Grant Mansfield and Martha Holmes also attend as executive producers on behalf of Plimsoll Productions.
Earth at Night in Color
Earth at Night in Color, an avant-garde series, is also re-appearing with six new episodes. The second season is narrated by Tom Hiddleston (“Avengers”). Usage of cutting-edge cameras and a revolutionary post-production process for the series grants nature’s nightly wonders with striking new clarity.
Exclusive behaviours of wildlife are captured with low-light cameras under the full moonlight. It films elephants battling hyenas around starlit waterholes and kangaroos implementing under the cover of darkness to find a mate. The new season includes pumas, polar bears, manta rays and tiny planktonic life at night in the ocean. It is produced by Offspring Films and executive produced by Alex Williamson and produced by Sam Hodgson.
The three new premieres are fairly embracing the silent beauty of nature. It justifies an idea of beauty in ignorance. While following a monotonous lifestyle, people generally forget to be busy bee. These shows introduce the lives which exist and directly or indirectly are contributing to the preservation of the ecosystem.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” - Mahatma Gandhi
According to the history of the evolution of the planet earth, it has gone through a number of changes to make it beautiful and suitable for all kind of creatures. But the series of environmental disasters in 2020, such as Australian bushfires, Oil spill in Russia’s Arctic region, Uttarakhand forest fires, Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and Odisha, and Spring Tornadoes in the US, questioned the human attitude towards taking the planet for granted.
With these scenarios, many political and personal arguments had taken their shapes. But the most important lesson couldn’t be ignored i.e., it is high to understand our responsibilities and work accordingly. The planet deserves to be back with its exquisiteness.
Here are some of the universal ideas from our daily life that can help save the planet.
- First and foremost, conserve water in our daily lifestyle. We should turn off the water tap while brushing, shaving or doing any other work and stop drinking bottled water and switch to filtered tap water to reduce plastic waste.
- Convert ourselves into a Waste Warrior. A plastic bottle takes over 450 years to decompose in a landfill, so try recycling it. Also, waste products can be fixed by buying things smartly, by reducing consumption to only whatever is needed, not desired.
- Vow to use energy-efficient bulbs to diminish greenhouse gas emission. This will also save money on electricity bills and control pollution.
- Plant a tree to counterbalance the loss of vegetation due to industrialization and also to reduce the need for air-conditioning in the summer months.
- Use public transport instead of always using a private vehicle. It will assist to decrease pollution.
- Make a habit to eat sustainable foods. Choose food from farmers that aim to conserve the natural resources and have as little impact on the land as possible.
“Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived.” – Sidney Sheldon
By and large, the planet is screaming for serious help and care. We, as the most developed creature on the planet, need to create a harmonious relationship between human and non-human. Wish you all Happy Earth Day 2021 with the hope to make it a better place.
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