EARTH DAY PICTURES: Quirky Ways to Mark the Day

EARTH DAY PICTURES: Quirky Ways to Mark the Day
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2005: Drilling Into Baked Alaska

The Ben & Jerry's ice cream company served the world's largest baked alaska dessert on Earth Day 2005 to protest a bill in the U.S. Congress that would have opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Served in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the concoction of Fossil Fuel ice cream (including chocolate donosaurs and fudge swirls) and cake, topped with meringue, weighed 1,140 pounds (517 kilograms).

Environmental groups and oil interests remain entrenched in a debate over access to the Alaskan refuge, which is home to both sensitive wildlife and valuable minerals.
—Photograph by Business Wire via Getty Images
 
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