Peace flag

Earth Peace Flag by John Mc Connell

In 1970, the first Earth Day was held on 22 April in the USA. The day is seen as one of the most famous examples of the American and later global environmentalist movement. During the first Earth Day, environmentalists and others who demonstrated against pollution och for new environmental laws used different flags such as the Ecology Flag. Another example of flag creation was the Earth Peace Flag, also known as “Blue Earth Flag”, designed by peace activist Jonathan McConnell

A flag for the Earth Day

Image by Henry A. Waxman and António Martins

McConnell died in 2012 and devoted most of his life to promoting peace, ecological transformation, and world unity. During the 1960s, he was among the leading contemporary peace activists and one of Earth Day’s main creators. His idea for the flag was based on the inspiration from Apollo 10 space mission in 1969 when the American astronauts took the famous photo of the Earth.  

 

Photo of Earthrise by Apollo 10 space mission via Wikimedia Commons.  

Before the 1960s, as in 1957 after the first successful Soviet satellite Sputnik launch, McConnell wrote in favor of peaceful cooperation in exploring space for the benefit of humanity as a whole. On 22 April 1970, as the first Earth Day manifestations were held in the USA, the original flag used to look like as shown above. McConnell made it by printing photos from the Apollo space missions. One interesting fact is that the printer used by McConnell accidentally reversed the colors blue and white during printing. This resulted in oceans being color in white and landmass being colored in blue. 

McConnell was also an active Christian who believed that humans should take care of the Earth and share its resources equally. In October 1969, at the UNESCO conference in San Francisco, McConnell proposed a global holiday to celebrate Earth’s life and beauty and advance peace. 

This proposal later led to the creation of Earth Day in order to alert people about the need for preserving and renewing the threatened ecological balance upon which all life on Earth depends. The flag was created to, among other things, symbolize world peace, unity, and harmony.

 

Different versions 

 

Screenshot: University of California. 

It is important to understand that the Earth Flag has different versions.  Thein the corner of the flag itself is changeable and has been updated several times concerning different space missions. 

Screenshot via Earth Trustee 

McConnel’s opinion was that governments worldwide should use the Earth Flag and initiate a global effort to halt the degradation of Earth and foster its nurture and care. During an Earth Flag Ceremony in New York in 1978, John McConnel stated the following message about the flag and its symbolism: 

We raise the Earth Flag, to encourage and inspire the love of Earth, We raise the Earth Flag to enlist and unite young and old in courageous action for our planet’s protection — for careful nurture of its life and care of its resources in every city and neighborhood.

 

In accordance with McConnell’s vision, the EarthFlag foundation is also engaged in contributing to world peace, harmony, and unity. All humans are living under the same Sun. We are all dependent on having clean air, land, and water for our daily lives and future. We have to cooperate better to create a sustainable planet by being part of the global climate transformation and regenerative development.

The blue EarthFlag with the Seed of Life on it is now gaining a lot of popularity to also use at Earth Day, as it can truly function as a flag that represents the planet Earth and all life on it. The Earth Flag by John McConnel contains a beautiful story, yet is a flag with a picture of the Earth on it. Therefore it has a slightly different purpose.

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EarthFlag Salute Infinity Expedition

EarthFlag Salute

WiphalaMedia broadcasted the departure of Infinity Expedition to Antarctica to plant our EarthFlag as an inspiration for us to take care of each other and the planet we live on. The sailing vessel is taking the ‘EarthFlag’ to four cardinal points of the earth.

The video can be watched below

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Seed of Life.

A History of Flags of Humanity

Flags are at the base of our cultures and a present icon of human history. We know flags for all types of communities, companies and institutions and different flags bring up different emotions to different people.

A documentary that was recently released shares the history of flags and what they mean to us today. It is an explanation of the potential of flags in hour human civilization and a great inspiration for what flags could mean to us tomorrow.

Watch the documentary here.

Note: the documentary is only available on Netflix.

Seed of Life.

Global Peace Day Action

This article is in Dutch.

Amersfoort – Op 21 September, de Internationale Dag van de Vrede, is de Muurhuizen bedekt met een oase van blauw. Een groot deel van de straat doet mee aan deze wereldwijde Dag van de Vrede door gezamenlijk de vlag van de aarde uit te hangen. Het doel van de actie is om het belang om meer te zorgen voor elkaar en onze planeet onder de aandacht te brengen.

Het was dit weekend al een mooi gezicht. Mensen die de stad kwamen bezichtigen keken met bewondering naar de met blauwe vlaggen bedekte straat en maakten in een positieve sfeer kennis met de vlag.
“Iedereen reageert heel vriendelijk als ze horen dat dit vlaggen van de aarde zijn om de Dag van de Vrede onder de aandacht te brengen”, zo vertelt initiatiefnemer, Bart Elbertse. Het beste komt in een mens naar boven wanneer ze met iets positiefs worden benaderd.”

“Het doel is uiteindelijk om deze EarthFlag onder de aandacht te brengen. Ik geloof dat de wereld er mooier uit gaat zien als we ons meer verbonden voelen met elkaar en de planeet. Daarom hoop ik dat we binnenkort bij gelegenheden met zijn allen de vlag van de aarde uithangen, zoals dat al regelmatig gebeurt met de nationale vlag.” Bart gelooft dat het niet lang hoeft te duren. “De bekendheid van de EarthFlag groeit en heeft een betekenis die iedereen van binnen deelt. Er zijn ook steeds meer mensen zoals ik, die de EarthFlag verspreiden. Het klimaatprobleem wordt groter en nationalistische politieke bewegingen komen weer op. De EarthFlag en haar achterban zijn juist voor gezamenlijke oplossingen en samenwerking. Wanneer we als ‘saamhorigheid bevorderende organisaties’ ook meer onderling samen gaan werken, geloof ik dat er iets groots gaat gebeuren. Dan hangt de EarthFlag over een paar jaar wereldwijd op de Internationale Dag van de Vrede, om het succes van een groeiende eenheid te vieren.”

De Internationale dag van de Vrede is 75 jaar geleden geïntroduceerd door de Verenigde Naties en wordt wereldwijd op vele manieren geëerd.

Deze week zijn de vlaggen nog in de Muurhuizen te bezichtigen vanaf de Bolleburg (Waar Johan van Oldenbarnevelt heeft gewoond) tot de Dieventoren (de voormalige gevangenis).