Garry Davis

Garry Davis and the World Flag

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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.

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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

To see more WiphalaMedia productions; go to https://wiphalamedia.com/entertainment/

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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.

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EarthStore: A zero-waste project

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We, at EarthStore, made it our mission to make waste-free qualitative products accessible to everyone, easy and fun to use. That is why we are developing the most efficient zero-waste system to avoid further single-use packaging.

Planning such an efficient zero-waste system was a big process since we want to make sure that there is no plastic or any other single-use packaging involved in our consumption. The goal is to make the zero-waste lifestyle a fun passion for everyone and to help Earth regenerate from the damage caused. This is why we are preparing to launch a zero-waste online supermarket !

How?

EarthStore envisions bringing groceries to you in jars for the same price you pay in regular stores, offering a sustainable alternative for each product. We want to promote healthy consumption from local regenerative food producers, located in the Netherlands, where the service will launch. The jars are going to be delivered by big electric cargo bikes. You have an empty jar? We come to pick it up with your next order. After a good cleanse, the jar is ready for refill and then up for the next delivery.

Become a part of the cycle!

Become part of the change we need, therefore we ask for your help to build a durable and sustainable business which is accessible to everyone. Every Euro matters to build a green ecosystem and to guarantee the best quality of products at all times. Are you ready to make Earth a better place? We are looking for brave investors to invest into our crowdfunding project on GoFundMe!

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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Wiphalamedia

A Story, An Experience, A Community

Wiphalamedia is a media platform that aims to represent minorities and communities all around the world. The platform regroups different creative and talented people from around the world, who have a passion for media production, journalism, writing and humanity. All of them make a beautiful contribution to this platform to raise awareness of the reality for some minorities. The platform also gives importance to inform and educate people as much as possible about those minorities and about major societal issues that could possibly affect human rights. The platform gives those communities a whole new media identity to represent themselves.

Indigenous communities and minorities have always been misrepresented but most importantly misinterpreted in today’s mainstream media. In most cases, people are strongly biased and prejudiced towards certain ethnicities and communities they do not know about. There have also been major observations that there is an existence of missing interaction between local communities and tourists, due to the fact that most individuals are misinformed.

This is where Wiphalamedia steps in and gives those minorities a voice to speak up and open people’s minds. This is the first step into the right direction to create unification due to more comprehension and acceptance towards other human beings. They also promote communitarian tourism, where indigenous communities and minorities provide a live-in experience for travellers who are interested in creating change for them. This implements the exploration and discovery of those communities’ traditions and culture. Following this experience, travellers then can opt to create content about these communities on Wiphalamedia news space to inform those who are less fortunate to travel or to those misinformed about these communities. The main objective of this content is to deliver a message from the indigenous communities and shape the minds of people into openness.

Through sharing live experiences among individuals, Wiphalamedia also helps these minorities in economic terms by promoting their leadership in commerce on a social sustainable platform.

Wiphalamedia is currently growing and is also looking for passionate content creators who would help shed light on minorities and bring awareness on other societal problems such as the environment, human rights, kid rights, identity rights and so many more. The most important criteria to become a content creator is passion!

For further information visit http://wiphalamedia.com/ and their socials below!

If you are a passionate writer and want to contribute to Wiphalamedia to raise awareness, contact them at wiphalamedia@gmail.com

For the socials of Wiphalamedia, check the buttons below

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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

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Our impact on Earth

Ecological Footprint

Zero Waste Food Art

How to make Zero Waste Food Art?

But first, what is food art?

Food Art can come in many different shapes but in general, it is about presenting food in a creative way. It’s an edible artwork. Whether we cook it or we craft it or both.

It doesn’t matter how we do it. What matters is how we present the food art. It will please the eyes and the taste buds. We can use many ingredients to create food art.

What is Zero Waste Food Art?

There is a tricky thing in making food art. We want to make an art that is pleasing our eyes and our taste buds. We forget the important thing. It should not be complicated.

Why complicated?

Sometimes, we focus on the design and we start buying more ingredients to match with our design. We get the idea from social media then we want to imitate exactly the same. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same ingredients. So, we buy new ingredients.

If our ingredients are what we need for our meal planning then it is ok. What if it is not?

We will get overwhelmed and our ingredients will be wasted.

Many years ago, I had this experience and I couldn’t stand it.

Why I have to buy new ingredients just to make a food art? That’s definitely not a goal that I want to achieve.

From then on, I only make ZERO WASTE FOOD ART

YES!

Sekar food art’s ingredients are what we have in the fridge or house.

Here are examples of Zero Waste Food Art:

Food Art is like art and craft but using food as material. There only three type of ingredients for food art:

  1. Vegetables
  2. Fruits
  3. Bread, Pasta or Potatoes.

Basically, we always have those three ingredients. So, we are always prepared to make food art.

Here are 3 tips of making zero waste food art:

  1. The time

When is the snack time? I serve my food art during snack time at home. Why? Because food art is usually a small portion of food. It’s good for a snack size meal.

2. Ideas

Check food art ideas in Instagram or other social media platforms. For more ideas, you can check mine in Instagram @sekarfoodart. It’s always good to start with easy design which we are confident to create it.

3. The Making

We always use the ingredients that we already have. It is also a good choice if we can use left-over too.

What if we don’t have the same ingredients with the design we choose? Replace them with the ingredients we have.

What if we use dry ingredients like quinoa as decoration?

We can put them back in the jar or we can cook quinoa for dinner meal.

Think of our food art as a snack meal that will bright up our family mood. Everyone will enjoy the food art and eat them together.

So, we please our eyes, satisfy our appetite and no wasted ingredients

Now we know how to make zero waste food art, it’s time to make it!

For more ideas, you can check on my website sekarnareswari.com

Happy to know you,

Sekar Nareswari

Short Bio

Sekar Nareswari is the creative head of Sekar Food Art She is mastering her food art’s skill & coaching in The Netherlands, Philippines and Indonesia. Her friends describe her as a very energetic person & creative person. Her family sees her as a very expressive & extrovert person. Food Art & Workshop is her outlet to express her creativity & to boost her energy.  She is currently living in Zwolle, The Netherland.

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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?