Kids Doodle 4 Google, Express Wishes for the World

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See the 2010 Doodle 4 Google winner here: Doodle 4 Google National Winner 2010 Wants to Save the Rainforest

Each year, the mighty GOOG invites K-12 students to take liberties with its iconic logo to see what the young whippersnappers can come up with. The theme of 2009's Doodle 4 Google--"What I Wish for the World"--also provided the perfect opportunity to take the pulse of the millennial generation. And perhaps it's telling that nearly half of the 40 regional finalists lingered on explicitly environmental themes.

Click below the fold for a few of our favorites. Voting is now through May 18 and the winning design will appear on Google's homepage on May 21.

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Jackie Tian, 6, from Olathe, Kan., wishes "we would stop taking away wild animal's homes."

Without their homes, they will soon die out and there won't be anymore animals. Our animal friends are gifts from Mother Nature, so let us protect them and let them continue to live on our wonderful earth.

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Courtney Bodine, 11, from Moorestown, N.J., had problems whittling down her wishes, but one stood out for her:

There are so many things I wish for the world. One of them is that no animals will become extinct. Many animals are struggling to survive, and are on the line of being extinct. Humans are part of the problem. The human population growth is crowding out the animals.

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Ben Boehm, 12, from Milwaukee, Wis. wants green technology at the forefront:

My doodle expresses the idea of going environmentally friendly to help save our planet. People on earth have been using polluting technology and are wasting our earth's resources. In my doodle, I show that we can use hydro power, pedal power, alternative fuels with bio-mass, wind power, and solar power.

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Meaghan Parker, 17, from Rochester, N.H. wants it all:

I wish for more hope, hope for the future. I wish there was more love. Love for the environment and people. I wish for more joy. I wish for peace, a movement for it. I wish for more trees. I wish for gay rights, now.

From the mouths of babes.

See the 2010 Doodle 4 Google winner here: Doodle 4 Google National Winner 2010 Wants to Save the Rainforest
Like doodling and art? Check out our series of groovin' cartoons that combine visual art with environmental issues.

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