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Emerging Peace Flag

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 Since the start of the Russian invasion and occupation war against Ukraine in late February, a new type of flag has emerged. The flag has been created based on the
Russian Federation flag is known as the “Russian peace flag”, “Stop the war flag”,  
beautiful Russia of the future”, “peace and freedom flag”. The new flag has partly been created as an alternative to the current Russian flag and partly made as an anti-war symbol.  

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons - White Blue White flag being held in Toronto, Canada.

The information about the Russian peace flag is still very limited and recent. The flag has been shown for the first time at the beginning of March mainly outside of Russia as in European cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, and London. 

 

Photo via Wikimedia Commons – White Blue White flag during a demonstration in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia 

 

According to the Russian and English speaking portal Meduza, which presents itself as a part of the Russian democratic opposition to the authoritarian regime, the flag has been created by several individuals and networks engaged in art, culture, and democracy. One of the creators of the flag is Berlin-based user experience (UX) designer Kai Katonina. 

 

Based on an interview with her, the red color of the Russian flag is representing blood and violence.  According to her, different versions of the flag are being made around the world and that is ok since it is hard to demand from everyone to make only one version. Also, it is about showing that many Russians are against the war, dictatorship, and corruption of the current Russian regime. 

 

 The White Blue White flag is brought to the world by https://whitebluewhite.info

 

Similar to the White Blue White Flag, the Earth Flag was also made with blue and white colors to promote peace, planetary solidarity, and unity. Because to solve common problems and challenges such as regarding climate change, wars, and pollution, our humanity needs more cooperation in order to shape a better future for all humans and other living beings. To represent peace with a symbol that represents the Earth and all life on it, you can get a flag here.

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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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The first flag on the Moon – the University of Bern and symbol of Switzerland

Photo via Feedloader (Clickability) 

In 1969, a group of American astronauts landed on Moon. This was the first time humans came to the Moon and started exploring it. The historically famous Moon landing is, among other things, famous for the photo of astronaut Buzz Aldrin showing the American flag. What is less known is that the astronauts raised another object with a flag before the American flag was raised.  

How is this the case? Well, the astronauts were on the Moon also in order to conduct scientific experiments. One of their assignments was to place equipment necessary to analyze the official name of the Solar Wind Composition Experiment (SWC).  As the biggest star in our Milky Way Galaxy, Sun has its flux of charged particles, called the ‘solar wind’, reminding of fire sparks. 

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The SWC experiment was the first measurement of the solar wind’s noble gases composition on the Moon. The aim was to measure and sample the solar wind outside the Earth’s magnetosphere

Academics made the SWC instrument at the University of Bern under the supervision of Johannes Geiss, one of the contemporary world-leading physicists. The SWC experiment was one of the few to be made on every lunar landing mission,  and it was the only non-USA-made experiment to be part of the Apollo landings. 

Screenshot via Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. 

The SWC instrument consisted of an aluminum foil sheet, 1.4 m by 0.3 m, fixed to a pole facing the Sun. Before the mission, Professor Geiss managed to convince NASA to deploy the SWC instrument before unfurling the US flag. This was not done for symbolic reasons but in order to maximize the foil’s exposure time and contribute to better analysis.  

Screenshot via swissinfo.ch

On Apollo 11, the foil was exposed to the Sun for 77 minutes, allowing solar wind particles to lodge themselves. The foil was subsequently sent to Earth for analysis in a laboratory. This allowed for a more precise determination of the chemical makeup of the implanted particles than would be achievable if assessed remotely.

Before launch, someone from the Swiss psychists team suggested attaching a Swiss flag inside the roll of foil, so that it would be the first flag placed by a man on the Moon! Thereby, the first man-made identity symbols on the Moon consisted of the Swiss flag and the University of Bern. Afterward, this experiment came also to be called the “Swiss flag experiment”. 

Among other findings of the Apollo 11 mission was that the later analysis concluded that Moon formed hot, that it was magmatically active for at least 800 million years, and that the surface-blanket of dusty rubble contains a treasure trove of evidence of how the Moon formed.

One of the Earth Flag Foundation’s missions in space and our galaxy is to ensure that the Earth Flag is utilized during space missions and travel. Now that space travel has grown more popular and common through private and crowdfunded initiatives, this is easier to do now. Hopefully, this will be able to achieve at some time in the 2020s, with the aid of our readers and community members. The Earth Flag will be used on upcoming research missions and space travel as a result of this.

 

 

 

 

 

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Short history of the Ecology Flag

Photo via Wikimedia Commons 

During the 1960s and 1970s, as the environmentalist movement was developing in the USA, different individuals and organizations made several “ecology flags”. One of the contemporary flags that became more famous and is still used today is the “Ecology Flag”. 

A flag for the environment 

The Ecology Flag was based on the American flag due to the stripes in white and green. These colors, among other things, symbolize life and ecology. 

Ecology Flag used at Earth Day manifestation in 2017 in the USA. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. 

The flag also has a letter Θ or “theta” from the Greek alphabet that in old Greek was used as an abbreviation for “thanatos” meaning death. In the case of the Ecology Flag, it was also about making a symbolic message that humans cannot live on a dead planet. 

The first version of the flag was made during the late 1960s. However, the last and current version was made by political cartoonist Rob Cobb who added Θ to the flag. Thereby, Cobb became the creator of the Ecology Flag by publishing its image and an article about it in the Los Angeles Free Press newspaper in 1969.

Cobb’s intention was partly to combine letters e from the environment and o from organism by merging e and o into Θ, and partly to highlight the human threats to the environment and atmosphere of the Earth. 

The first demonstrations and protests

Screenshot Smithsonian Magazine. 

One of the first examples of usage of the flag was done by academic Betsy Boze, who in 1970 was an environmental activist. Boze used Cobb’s image and made an Ecology Flag by herself and used it in demonstrations for environmental care and against pollution. 

Another example is a biology teacher called Raymond Bruzan, who in 1970 at Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois, turned his classroom into the “Environmental Action Center”. He wanted together with his students to debate what they could do to protest the nation’s polluted air and water on the first Earth Day, April 22.

After discussions, Buzan and around 60-70 students decided to stage a symbolic and mock funeral procession for “the dead Earth ” due to environmental pollution. They marched to the Illinois State Capitol (parliament assembly), where they would present the lieutenant governor with anti-pollution petitions signed by more than 1,000 people.

Modern usage for modern environmentalism

Screenshot via Berkshire Community College. 

One of the latest examples of usage of the Ecology Flag is from the Earth Day celebration at the Berkshire Community College in the state of Massachusetts.

The flag has since March 2017 been flying at half-staff as a symbol of the “forceful and unprecedented assault on the environment”. During Earth Day, it was raised completely while staff and students highlighted the college’s recycling accomplishments and the involvement in the Campus Waste to Zero Waste project. 

When it comes to Earth Day and its importance or global environmental awareness, the Earth Flag can also be described as an ecology flag since the EarthFlag is based on values such as planetary awareness, sustainability, and cooperation.

Thereby highlighting the importance of climate and environment partly via the blue color symbolizing water and seas and the production of EarthFlag using recycled plastics and hemp. Hemp will be an important part of the future planetary circular economy that we as humanity can co-create and develop together.  

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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