Garry Davis

Garry Davis and the World Flag

Photo via WOUB Public Media

Have you ever heard about Garry Davis? He is famous for being “world citizen number one” since he started the idea of making world citizenship. In his activism for peace, world citizenship, and global democracy Davis also used a world flag that later became a symbol for the world federalist movement and similar organizations. The flag looks like this.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

 

A World Flag for a World Government and World Citizens 

The flag came initially to be used by World Service, an organization started by Davis and other world federalists. For Davis and others, World Service was created to function as a public institution, later as a World Citizen Government, for all humans worldwide by issuing World Passports

From what is known, the flag was created during the first half of the 1950s, as in 1953-1954. For example, the following photo of Davis holding the flag outside of the United Nations Building was taken in 1954 by German-based newspaper Passauer Neue Presse. At that time, Davis had already renounced his American citizenship in favor of only having world citizenship. 

As you can see on the flag, it contains the following symbols and words:

  • Circle and globe, as a symbol for Earth, our planet for all humanity
  • The human body, as a symbol of human solidarity, humanism, and humanity across the planet
  • Freedom, peace, and abundance describe ideas and principles that all humans should value, cherish, and believe in co-existing and cooperating as world citizens.

Legacy and engagement 

Until his death in 2013, Davis was active as a peace activist and advocate of world government, democracy, and citizenship. His ideas and legacy have inspired many individuals and movements across the world, such as, for example, Democracy Without Borders global NGO promoting the establishment of a World Parliament. Similarly, the Earth Flag community is engaged for a unified, regenerative, and sustainable planet where all humans can live in peace, harmony, and freedom by creating common institutions. 

There is a long history of individuals and movements making flags in order to create symbols and affections representing the world, humanity, and our planet as a whole. What makes the EarthFlag unique and modern is that its production is based on sustainability and climate-friendly behaviors that are important for the ongoing process of ecological transformation, post-carbon economy, and the future of our world.

 

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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.

Activities

EarthFlag Activities

As EarthFlag store we aim to spread untiy and inspire people around the globe through the EarthFlag​

Below you can read all about the adventures and initiatives that the Earthflag already took or participated in. This is just a modest start, EarthFlag aims for more journeys and initiatives to inspire and make change.

The planting on the polar ice

September 21, 2018 – In June, the crew of Infinity embarked on an adventurous journey through the Northwest Passage to help spread the message of unity. They have raised the EarthFlag on the Arctic ice on September 21st, known as the International Day of Peace. The journey has lots of streams online and is broadcasted worldwide on television through Discovery Channel under the name Expedition To The Edge

Plant your flag on EarthToday

On the online EarthToday platform, you can buy square meters of land or forest to accelerate nature protection. By buying a square meter land, you plant a virtual EarthFlag on this protected square meter. This procedure can be done by everyone and anytime since Earth Today gives the opportunity to get your space of land for not a lot of money and immediately.

Sail for Earth

Sail for Earth is a 4 years taking sailing rally around the world. The rally starts in Amsterdam in 2021 and goes through the Mediterranean to various places in Africa, afterwards to Brazil, through Patagonia to Antarctica, then further to America, then through Asia, to finally get back to Amsterdam for Sail Amsterdam. Many sailing ships will join (parts of) the journey too. The rally will evolve around the EarthFlag and its purpose. The goal was to spread unity all around the world and awareness of the flag. More information is about to come.

EarthFlag instead of sponsorname

One of the sponsors of Dutch Alpine skier Kaj van den Heuvel requested to put the EarthFlag instead of their name and logo on his ski race suit. Kaj then put the EarthFlag on his right shoulder to represent the EarthFlag everywhere he goes skiing.
We believe that Earth is our sponsor in terms of resources, and this should be more recognized around the world.

EarthFlag on a spacecraft​

October 2020 – Dawn Aerospace is starting test flights with its new Mk-II Aurora spaceplane. These spaceplanes are designed to be the most sustainable crafts, as they are reusable, reduce rocket debris and can go to space and back multiple times a day. These spaceplanes are the first to carry the EarthFlag on their fuselage, along with the flags of New Zealand and the Netherlands, where Dawn is based. Having the EarthFlag in space is a major achievement!

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How to use the EarthFlag

The flag of the planet Earth is used to show a sense of belonging to the totality of the (eco)system that we are a part of, to represent that we are all connectedTo spread this message, people use the flag as part of their lifestyle and routine.

Below you can find a list of proposals on how to use the EarthFlag. There are of course many more iconic ways to spead the message of unity!

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Hang the flag in (front of) your home

Carry the flag on an iconic journey

The EarthFlag goes on adventurous journeys all around the world, all this to travel with a sense of belonging and to spread out the flag and its message of unity. No matter if it is walking, climbing, sailing, surfing, skateboarding, skiing, cycling or something else, it can be done with the EarthFlag and has already been done. The purpose of this is to inspire people with its message and to inspire them taking a journey alongside the flag.

The internet is a major tool to share the EarthFlag to a broader audience. Through websites, blogs, social media and conscious platforms, the EarthFlag gains exposure as well as recognition. EarthToday is an example of a social platform that has implemented the EarthFlag.

Plant the EarthFlag on an iconic situation

The end of an inspiring journey with the EarthFlags means planting it on an iconic situation and most importantly location. Speaking of iconic locations, the flag has been planted at the top of the Mont Blanc, as well as on the North Pole on World Peace Day! Together, we try to spread the flag all around the Earth, there where it belongs.

Use the EarthFlag

  • Instead of a sponsor name
  • Instead of a national or regional insignia
  • Instead of a national or regional flag
  • On an event or festivals
  • At a protest
  • On your lost flagpole

Raise the EarthFlag on an iconic moment

There are many situations in which people raise the EarthFlag, to embrace the moment with a symbol of wholeness and unity. Many globally recognized days are known to raise the EarthFlag on. Below you can find a lost of the most know days to raise your EarthFlag :

  • April 22: Earth Day 
    Since the Founding of Earth Day in 1970, many people worldwide celebrate this day by hanging and planting the flag of planet Earth.
  • September 18: World Cleanup Day 
    On World Cleanup Daymany people who participate with cleaning activities hang the flag half mast. On the end of the day, they raise the flag to its proper position to celebrate today’s improvement and to keep the flag out until the end of the World Peace Day. 
  • September 21World Peace Day 
    On World Peace Day (also known as International Day of Peace), many people hang the EarthFlag to increase awareness for the importance of peace and to share a strong message of unity to show how humanity by nature belongs to peace itself.
Some other global days the EarthFlag community feels connected with: 

  • January 24: Day of education 
  • March 8: Women’s day (usually half-staff) 
  • March 20+21+22: happiness day, end-racism dayday of forests, day of water, change of season 
  • March 25 – 26th SDG virtual Festival 
  • June 5: World Environment Day 
  • July 28: World Nature Day 
  • August 9: World Indigenous Day 
  • October 24: Day of Climate Action 
  • November 1: World Ecology Day
  • December 10: Human Rights Day

Raise your phone

Raising the EarthFlag can be done without having a physical flag. Project the EarthFlag on a phone and raise the EarthFlag!

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Sustainable Packaging

This is not a plastic bag

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Not only offers EarthFlag Store sustainable Flags, but also sustainable packaging. On the picture you might believe this is a plastic bag but if you look closely, you will see that this is no usual bag.

To every order, every customer receives their flag with a compostable “Pack from Nature” bag. This means you can easily throw this into your personal compost or to an external composting facility and it will decompose within 6 months! You will not have to worry about toxic releases since this bag is almost entirely made out of corn starch.

If you don’t want to throw your bag away yet, you can also reuse it yourself and give it new purposes since this is just as resistant as plastic and they are waterproof too.

Sustainable

Bio-degradable

Strong as plastic

Waterproof, flexible, reusable

See also

The sustainable alternative

Hemp

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To end plastic waste

PET

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Our impact on Earth

Ecological Footprint

PET bottles

Ecological Footprint

Les plastic to lower Ecological Footprint

The current ecological footprint emitted by humans exceeds by far what Earth and its resources can take. We want to take action and preserve Mother Earth and humanity on it.

The Ecological Footprint is today’s best measurement to compare human use of resources with what the Earth’s ecologic system can renew. We work with the data of Footprint Network to measure the impact of our products on the environment.

We envision a future where all can thrive within the means of our Earth, which we aim for by reducing ecological overshoot.

Depending on our lifestyle, we generate an ecological footprint. This can be achieved if we unite forces to bring the footprint down to a maximum of 1 Earth. Below are a few examples of how wasteful some lifestyles generally are.

How many Earths we would need if

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humanity continues to live how we do today without population growth.

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we would all live like the average internet user

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we would all live like the average user of webshops

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we would all live like the average North American

How does our ecological footprint affect the environment?

With the ecological footprint, we found out that human beings are slowly degrading Earth’s capital and resources. If the Ecological Footprint indicator keeps being ignored, we will find ourselves with:
 
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Growing desertification
  • Lack of sweet water
  • Deforestation
  • Increase of toxic waste
  • Extinction of certain animal breeds

There are many more consequences that could be listed here. Those are examples of how urgent environmental change is needed.

How is EarthFlag Store protecting the planet?

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The Hemp Revolution

Nowadays, hemp is the most sustainable fabric to produce flags (and many other things) with. That is why we encourage the transition of the industry to hemp made fabrics. We do this by transitioning our supply to hemp made products.

As a company that wants to promote sustainability, we made the choice to work with a more environmental-friendly way of producing our newest sailing flags. It was a whole process, but we have the first flag online. Hemp is right now the most sustainable way to fabricate various clothing products, such as, underwear, socks, T-shirts, ribbons, rugs and household textiles. It is also used to feed livestock. It is made out of the fibers from the stems of the Cannabis sativa which makes it very unique and resistant to mold, mildew or other microbes that could be harmful. In addition, this fabric is a 100% bio-degradable, recyclable and there is no need for irrigation. When growing the plants, there is no pesticides or herbicides needed to grow them or to keep them from insects, due to its resistance, durability, and their immense speed of growth.

Most flags (and material in general) are made out of polyester, which is a synthetic fabric. It is a big problem to the environment due to the release of micro-plastic from the fabric into the air. This “exhaust” of plastic poses a threat to the nature and to our health which is why EarthStore always looks for sustainable alternatives and wants to reduce the global use of this synthetic, plastic fabric. Hemp is even environmentally friendlier than natural fabric such as cotton which consumes a huge amount of water during the growing process and is said to last 3 times longer than any cotton fabric. The goal with EarthFlag is also to make this fabric become more popular and to raise awareness of it’s existence. To help us with transitionning to hemp , you can buy a HempFlag here.

Why is hemp not as popular?

In ancient times, the middle age, hemp was one of the most used materials to produce textiles and clothing because of its durable characteristics and versatility. Even after the middle age, this material entered mass production and became the most popular material to use. Nevertheless, increasingly more countries changed their legislation concerning Hemp due to the origin plant that this fiber is made of. Governments were ignorant of the difference between the drug marijuana which is rich in THC and hemp which is made of the sativa of the plant and contains almost no THC.

However, the fabric is gaining a lot of popularity recently and is being appreciated in many more countries now. Markets such as China and America dominate the production of hemp and it is also nowadays used for modern interior designs and in the fashion industry which is one of the biggest polluters to the world.

How is hemp produced?​

Below there is a simple illustration of how hemp is produced and processed in order to make it a useful material:

First of all, Farmers collect and the hemp plants with a specialized machine for the harvest. Usually, the female Cannabis plant is being harvested for the production of Hemp however, the Cannabis sativa is very low on THC level and has less accentuated sticky buds.

Then, in order for the material to rett in the field, the fibers will be separated from the bark after they have been put into bales. The retting takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

Afterwards the retting, they need to be carded into the strands and will be cleaned and removed from all impurities and irregularities

Depending on what the final product will be, the fibers will be pulped (for paper goods), matted in order to make mats and fleeces or steam exploded to fuse the hemp into a fiber that can be used for weaving.

The final step is to weave it into textiles or to be spun into it.

Conclusion

As you can see, the production of hemp is not as laborous as other materials such as cotton for instance and brings so much more advantages than other fabrics that are more popular.

Recycling with PET

Our world finds itself covered in plastic and the amount on plastic waste produced every year is unimaginable. Action needs to be taken urgently. This is why EarthFlag takes the initiative to upcycle plastic, aiming to reduce plastic waste on planet Earth.

The problem with PET bottles and other plastic bottles

It’s known that plastic bottles are very harmful to the environment because they aren’t degradable and include toxic ingredients (knowing that PET bottles are 100% recyclable and still thrown out). Yearly almost 500 billion PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are sold worldwide which is in average 156 bottles per person every year. All those bottles are only being used one time and are then thrown away into the ocean where under sea animals are harmed and find themselves entangled into the plastic.

On top of that, plastic bottles are as well thrown away into the nature entailing the dangerous chemicals from the plastic to release into the soil and getting into the groundwater. The consequences are that plants and animals feed on this toxic ground water and die. Humans suffer the consequences too, as farmers rely on groundwater to grow their crops which is later on found in our aliments and consumed.

Giving plastic bottles a new purpose

Petflag is a good example of a company that suggests an innovative solution on how to reduce the waste on plastic bottles globally by recycling them and giving them a new purpose. They try to reduce the pollution as much as possible as a small foundation as well as helping to gain consciousness about this problem to the consumers, so our nature and life cycle can recover from the damage caused. EarthFlagStore wants to encourage this good cause and gets their own personalized flags from Petflag and other organizations with the EarthFlag print in order to spread this good cause further and because our company does not rely on polluting material.

Process of the PET production

The production is made in a few easy steps. Sustainability had never been easier!

Starting with the collection of the PET plastic bottles at supermarkets and collection points, they are shredded into a hundreds of thousands of pieces in order to make it easier to melt the plastic. 

The pieces will be put into high temperature, meaning over 250° Celsius in order to obtain the liquid state of plastic.

The next step implies putting the liquid into long thin stripes. The threads are afterwards used to be woven into the textiles. Those textiles are the fundamental basis for the transformation later on in the factory, where our colorful flags are produced and finished.

If your flag seems to need a little upgrade, you can easily use the textile and transform it into a nice laptop bag or phone case. That way you can guarantee a long life for your goods and not waste a single bit of it.