Five Compelling Story Maps for Earth Day

At Esri, we believe that geography is at the heart of a more resilient and sustainable future. Governments, industry leaders, academics, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) trust us to connect them with the analytic knowledge they need to make these critical decisions that shape the planet. Our technology enables organizations to create responsible and sustainable solutions to problems at local and global scales.
Celebrated annually since 1970, Earth Day events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental conservation and protection. “The celebration of this day is important for Esri as an acknowledgement of our fragile planet, but also to recognize the work our staff and our users are doing to make the world a better place,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. “Thank you for all you do.”
In honor of Earth Day, we invite you to take a few minutes to explore these five compelling interactive maps created using Esri’s story maps technology that detail how our planet is changing.

We are Living in the Age of Humans

This atlas shows human influences on how Earth is changing, as well as cities helping reshape the way our species interacts with the planet.

Explore a Tapestry of World Ecosystems

This story map lets you explore the global ecosystems map of unprecedented detail published by the USGS.

Alaska Ice: Documenting Glaciers on the Move

This story map shows a comparison of historical and modern photographs to study the effects of a changing climate on glaciers and landscapes.

Human Activities are Reshaping Earth’s Surface

This story map lets you see how humans are transforming Earth’s surface around the world through farming, mining, building, and altering its climate.

Our Global Footprint

This story map from the Global Footprint Network shows a global comparison of each nation’s biocapacity versus its ecological footprint.


Special thanks to Leslie Roundy of Esri for compiling this list of five compelling story maps for Earth Day.

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