SAN FRANCISCO: Google marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 with an animated graphic and celebrated “our planet and one of its smallest, most critical organisms, the bee.”
The special doodle features a bee hovering over green surroundings that represent nature. Google has also created a game that lets users control a bee pollinating flowers. The doodle begins with an introduction about pollination in the backdrop of animation as users click on the play button.
“Pollination by bees makes two-thirds of our world’s crops possible as well as 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants,” the animation said. Bees are instrumental in the process of pollination or transferring pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma.
The introduction is followed by the game wherein the user can make bees pollinate flowers by moving the mouse. Facts about bees are also displayed in between different levels of the game.
The Google doodle art was led by Gerben Steenks, with engineering by Jacob Howcroft and Stephanie Gu. “We hope people understand the importance of bees to the earth and to humanity. For those who want to take action, anyone can have a positive impact by growing pollen-producing plants,” the doodle team said.
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) April 22, 2020