15 Years Of Google's Earth Day Doodles

We've come a long way since 2001

Google's first Earth Day doodle was in 2001, featured two views of the Earth.
2001
Google's first Earth Day doodle was in 2001, and it featured two views of the Earth. (This is the highest-resolution image we could find—digital images have gotten way better since 2001.) Google's first official doodle for a holiday was in 2000, for Bastille Day.Google
The second doodle was a bit more reserved, with only one "O" replaced by the Earth.
2002
The second doodle was a bit more reserved, with only one "O" replaced by the Earth.Google
Aliens, potentially Google employees, observe Earth from space.
2003
Aliens, potentially Google employees, observe Earth from space in 2003's Earth Day doodle.Google
Returning to Earth, a very happy fish jumps from a pond.
2004
Returning to Earth, a very happy fish jumps from a pond in 2004's doodle.Google
A simple nature scene with a purple bird.
A simple nature scene with a purple bird. Might be one of these!Google
Google promotes solar energy in 2006's doodle.
2006
Google promotes solar energy in 2006's doodle. In 2016, Google uses renewable energy to power 35 percent of its data center operations.Google
A chilly reminder of why solar energy is so important.
2007
A chilling reminder of why solar energy is so important.Google
2008 google doodle
2008
This turtle is also chillin'.Google
2009 reef doodle
2009
Google brings awareness about our reefs, which are now in dire trouble.Google
One of the more abstract doodle, Google looks up into the tree canopy in 2010.
2010
One of the more abstract doodles, Google looks up into the tree canopy in 2010.Google
The 2011 doodle was the first animated Earth Day doodle.
2011
This was the first animated Earth Day doodle, but it only plays correctly on Google's site. Ah, the pre-GIF era.Dave Gershgorn
Google did changed from the traditional doodle, and instead made a time-lapse of flowers growing in the shape of the company logo.
2012
Instead of the traditional doodle, Google made a time-lapse of flowers growing in the shape of the company logo.Google
Another animated doodle that cycles through day and night.
2013
Another animated doodle that cycles through day and night.Google
The tiny critters of land, air, and sea made an appearance in 2014's Earth Day doodle.
2014
The tiny critters of land, air, and sea made an appearance in 2014's Earth Day doodle.Google
Google returns to form, replacing an "O" with a spinning globe.
2015
Google returns to form, replacing an "O" with a spinning globe.Google
2016 google doodle
2016
Google went all-out in 2016, with five Earth Day doodles. Each represents one of Earth's major biomes: the tundra, forest, grasslands, desert, and coral reefs. They're all illustrated by Google Doodler Sophie Diao.Google/ Sophie Diao
"Forest and Red Fox"
2016
"Forest and Red Fox"Google/ Sophie Diao
"Aquatic/Ocean, Coral Reef and Octopus"
2016
"Aquatic/Ocean, Coral Reef and Octopus"Google/ Sophie Diao
Desert and Tortoise
2016
"Desert and Tortoise"Google/ Sophie Diao
Grasslands and Elephant
2016
"Grasslands and Elephant"Google/ Sophie Diao