Who Invented Earth Flags

Who Invented Earth Flags

There are few symbols that have more meaning than a flag. In the case of nation, a flag is a source of great pride, history and loyalty. Likewise, it is not uncommon to find causes, organizations and movements that also rely on the power of flags to unite people under a specific goal or message. The fact that flags mainly relate to a specific group of people makes it difficult to picture a flag that is intended to encompass an entire planet, but in actuality there are multiple examples of this. There have been several designers that have set out with task of creating a flag of Earth.

The most famous Earth Flag was created by John McConnel in 1969. John McConnel was a well known environmentalist and peace activist whose dedication to the betterment of the world can be connected with the establishment of Earth Day. The flag is simple enough in design, the background of the flag is dark blue and the center is covered with a NASA photograph of Earth from space. As a result of the history of the flag and its creator, this Earth flag has been associated with environmental awareness and the Earth Day movement. Another Earth flag was created in 1970 by James W. Cadle’s. His flag, which he deemed the “Flag of Earth,” has a large blue circle in the center, which represents the Earth. On the right side of the circle is a black background with a small white circle representing the moon and on the left side is a yellow background, which represents the sun. A more recent Earth flag was designed in 1993 by Luis Alonso Salvador. The flag has three horizontal background colors: yellow on the bottom, representing land; dark blue in the middle representing the oceans; and light blue on the top representing air. At the center of the flag lies a blue circle, a yellow star to the right and white semi-circle to the left, representing the earth, stars and moon respectively. Other less well known Earth flags have been created, such as the Universal Peace Congress’s Earth flag which consist of the Earth over a field of blue with white stars. Additionally, many people consider the United Nations flag as an Earth flag as well.

Whether it is the flag designed by John McConnel, James W. Cadle or Luis Alonso Salvador, Earth flags exist and have a great deal of meaning. As one can see, there are a variety of physical differences between the different Earth flags; some used NASA photographs and others used more symbolic shapes and colors. Regardless of these differences however, Earth flags have come to stand for an overarching positive message. By creating a flag that attempts to overlook the boundaries of nations, race and religion, Earth flags represent a commitment to unity. By placing the Earth on a flag it is also a way paying homage to the environment and acknowledging the fact that it takes human effort to help maintain and improve it.




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