Flag of the Earth

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The Authentic Earth Flag (a.k.a. Earth Day Flag), the latest proposal of John McConnell for a flag of Earth

The idea of a flag of the Earth is a flag used to represent the Earth. Concepts revolving around this theme include political, spiritual and environmental aspects of the planet. Although there is no internationally agreed upon flag to represent the whole planet, some individuals and organizations have promoted designs for a flag. John McConnell presented his flag, The Authentic Earth Flag, to the United Nations as a symbol for consideration.[1] The Apollo Mission image of the Earth was the first image humanity had ever seen of the Earth from space. The impact of this image has changed the way humans view the earth as fundamentally as discoveries such as the Earth being round or the Earth revolving around the Sun. This image was placed in the public domain where it remains to this day. The public nature of this very important image was the basis of a legal battle that resulted in the invalidation of a trademark and copyright that was originally issued to The Authentic Earth Flag through its original promotional entity, World Equity, Inc.[2] This does not invalidate the official history of John's flag only the official patent that was issued on it.[3] To date no flag has received any "official recognition" by any governmental body. The most widely recognized flags associated with Earth are The Authentic Earth Flag (a.k.a. Earth Day Flag) and the United Nations Flag. Listed below are the unofficial contenders for a possible Flag of Earth.

The Authentic Earth Flag (a.k.a. Earth Day Flag)[edit]

A flag designed for the first Earth Day (1969) by John McConnell is a dark blue field charged with The Blue Marble, a famous NASA photo of the Earth as seen from outer space.[4]

Because of the political views of its creator and its having become a symbol of Earth Day, The Authentic Earth Flag is associated with environmental awareness, and the celebration of the global community.[5] It was offered for sale originally in the Whole Earth Catalog, and is the only flag which is currently endorsed by John McConnell.[6]

The first edition of John's flag used screen-printing and the colors of the Earth were reversed: the ocean was white and the clouds were blue.[7] With only two colors, one color was for clouds and the other color was for both ocean and land.[8] The image to the right shows the image of John's Authentic Earth Flag with the correct colors.[9]

United Nations Flag[edit]

The Flag of the United Nations has been used to indicate world unity, although it technically only represents the United Nations itself. It has a geographical representation of the planet, and its high visibility usage makes it a well-known contender for representing Earth. During the planning for NASA's moon landings of the 1960s, it was suggested that a UN flag be used in place of the flag of the U.S.[10]

World Peace Flag[edit]

The Universal Peace Congress developed a flag of "the earth on a blue field covered with white stars" to be used as a peace flag.[11]

James William van Kirk, a minister from Youngstown (Ohio, USA), designed this peace flag with rainbow stripes, stars and the globe. He made in 1913 and 1929 with this flag a peace tour through Europe.[12]

James W. Cadle's "Flag of Earth"[edit]

Flag of Earth by James Cadle

Another Earth flag was created around the same time in 1970 by a farmer from Illinois named James W. Cadle. Cadle's version of the Earth flag consists of a blue circle representing Earth in the center of the flag, a segment of a large yellow circle representing the sun and a small white circle for the moon, all on a black background. It is particularly popular amongst SETI researchers and is used by SETI worldwide. YouTube uses a small thumbnail image of this flag next to a user's name when the site cannot determine geo-location during a comment post.[13] It was flown at half mast when Carl Sagan died.[14] Flag of Earth Co. International was also founded by Cadle which sold the flag. The Flag of Earth became public domain in 2003.[15]

One Flag In Space[edit]

The One Flag in Space (http://www.bluemarblespace.org) initiative is an offshoot of the Space Generation Congress (SGC), the Space Generation Advisory Council's yearly world meeting.


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  1. ^ Weir (2007). Peace, Justice, Care of Earth. Press On Publishing. ISBN 0971749124. 
  2. ^ http://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/CopyrightLaw/Copyrightability/articles/EarthFlagVsAlamoFlag_A.shtml
  3. ^ Weir (2007). Peace, Justice, Care of Earth. Press On Publishing. ISBN 0971749124. 
  4. ^ Weir (2007). Peace, Justice, Care of Earth. Press On Publishing. ISBN 0971749124. 
  5. ^ Weir (2007). Peace, Justice, Care of Earth. Press On Publishing. ISBN 0971749124. 
  6. ^ "Authentic Earth Flag". Earthflag.net. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  7. ^ Weir (2007). Peace, Justice, Care of Earth. Press On Publishing. ISBN 0971749124. 
  8. ^ Weir (2007). Peace, Justice, Care of Earth. Press On Publishing. ISBN 0971749124. 
  9. ^ Weir (2007). Peace, Justice, Care of Earth. Press On Publishing. ISBN 0971749124. 
  10. ^ Platoff, Anne (August 2003). "Where No Flag Has Gone Before: Political and Technical Aspects of Placing a Flag on the Moon (NASA Contractor Report 188251)". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  11. ^ Devere Allen, "The Fight for Peace". 1940. p.553.
  12. ^ Corien Glaudemans, 'Een vredesapostel uit Ohio', in: Den Haag Centraal, 16 oktober 2009.
  13. ^ http://bayimg.com/CApIJAAfa
  14. ^ "Carl Sagan". Xs4all.nl. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  15. ^ http://www.flagofearth.org/original.html

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