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"Together, we have the power to Restore Our Earth."

That's the theme of this year's official Earth Day Celebration, and one we at Maps.com feel strongly about.

 

2020 was a year of immense climate disruption. We observed the environmental benefit of less human impact, and yet, we know that human impact on our environment will return. The world also saw record glacial ice melt caused by warming temperatures, but we used more renewable energies and green technologies.

 

This Earth Day, we made maps and infographics to teach you about how icebergs are an indicator of the health of the planet and why using renewable energy is crucial.

 

Visit our booth at the Virtual Santa Barbara Earth Day celebration!

Why do scientists study icebergs? 

When large pieces of ice break off from glaciers or ice shelves, they form icebergs. As they float along with ocean currents, they reach warmer waters and melt. Climate scientists study icebergs as they melt to study the factors that cause ice shelf break up, and to better predict how ice shelves will respond to a warming climate.

Why does renewable energy matter?

In 2017, an average person living in the United States used an energy equivalent of 333,176 sticks of dynamite (300,000,000 British Thermal Units). When you think about it, most everything we do in daily life uses energy: driving a car, powering a refrigerator, turning on the lights, charging your phone.

So where does all that energy come from? Most of it comes from non-renewable sources like gas and coal, which contribute to issues of climate change. The world is slowly making a move toward using renewable energies like wind and nuclear power as we attempt to make energy usage more sustainable.



Diverse voices from the past, present, and future bring to life the importance of the Channel Islands.