Images from Earth Day 2014

Maybe Earth Day lost a bit of its usual ability to grab headlines because of a late Easter, which also happened to fall on a pot holiday, followed by the 2014 Boston Marathon. Regardless, here are some images Associated Press photographers shot on Earth Day from around the world. Some are lovely, some pretty depressing, and one is just puzzling. Aren’t beauty queens already supposed to be about saving the earth?

Kashmiri women row a boat filled with weeds after cleaning the Dal Lake on Earth Day, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The weed-clogged Dal Lake is central to Kashmir’s tourist trade and efforts are being made to rescue the lake. In the past two decades the lake has shrunk by more than half, according to environmental study reports. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
A woman walks near an Apple store with the Apple logo partially changed to green to mark Earth Day in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. A new global initiative timed to coincide with Tuesday’s celebration of the annual Earth Day offers free recycling of all its used products and vows to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A Sri Lankan quarry worker takes a wash in a pool of stagnant rainwater at a stone quarry on Earth Day in Athurugiriya, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. People across the globe hold events to celebrate the Earth’s environment and spread awareness on how to conserve its natural resources on Earth Day, observed annually on April 22. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
People relax at the Sempione park in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. People across the globe hold events to celebrate the Earth’s environment and spread awareness on how to conserve its natural resources on Earth Day, observed annually on April 22. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Candidates for the Miss Earth 2014 Philippines beauty pageant display Earth Day messages Monday, April 22, 2014 by the poolside of a hotel-casino at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Some 49 candidates are vying for the title of the only beauty pageant with a unique theme of saving Mother Earth. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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