Green ribbon

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The green ribbon is a ribbon in the color of green.

Mental health awareness is represented by a green ribbon. In the 1800s, green was the colour used to label people who were considered insane.[1]

In 17th-century England during and after the English Civil War the wearing of a sea-green ribbon symbolized affiliation with the ideals of the Levellers and later in the century with radical Whiggism.[2]

Levellers and early Whig radicals[edit]

The green ribbon and sprigs of rosemary were symbols of support for the Levellers during the English Civil War and English Interregnum. At the funeral of Thomas Rainsborough (a Member of Parliament and also a Leveller leader who had spoken at the Putney Debates) there were thousands of mourners wearing the Levellers' ribbons of sea-green and bunches of rosemary for remembrance in their hats, as there were the next year, 1649, at the funeral of Robert Lockyer a New Model Army Agitator hanged by Oliver Cromwell for mutiny.

The Green Ribbon Club was one of the earliest of the loosely combined associations which met from time to time in London taverns or coffee-houses for political purposes in the 17th century. It had its meeting place at the King's Head tavern at Chancery Lane End, so was known as the King's Head Club. It seems to have been founded about the year 1675 as a resort for members of the political party hostile to the court. As these associates were in the habit of wearing in their hats a bow, or bob, of green ribbon, as a distinguishing badge useful for the purpose of mutual recognition in street brawls, the name of the club was changed, about 1679, to the Green Ribbon Club. The 'Green Ribbon' was the badge of The Levellers in the English Civil Wars in which many of the members had fought and was an overt reminder of their radical origins.[2]

Support of farm families[edit]

In 1998, Margaret Bruce, a Pastoral Associate at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in North Dakota, sought a way to support farm families and came up with the idea of a green ribbon and a card that read "We care through prayer." Around the same time, the National Catholic Rural Life Conference (NCRLC) began receiving emergency calls from farm families in stress and saw that the situation was getting worse across the country. In November 1998, NCRLC launched the Green Ribbon Campaign at their 75th anniversary meeting. They developed and began to disseminate rural crisis packets to help parishes deal with the growing rural crisis.

In the UK, in November 2008,[3] a Manchester-based support group for people living with or being affected by the HIV-virus; launched a campaign called Body Positive North West,[4] using a green ribbon as their symbol. The aim is to raise awareness of 60 second HIV testing and encourage more people to get themselves screened for HIV, as research suggests that over a third of all HIV-infected people in Britain, are themselves unaware of this.[5]

Awareness of political and cultural issues[edit]

Awareness of health and safety issues[edit]

Green ribbons have been used to promote awareness for many diseases and causes.[9][10]

Other shades of green ribbons[edit]

Jade Ribbon: hepatitis B and liver cancer, especially in Asian and Pacific Islander communities[10]

Light Green Ribbon: Celiac Disease, Chronic pelvic Pain, Human Papilloma Virus and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)[9]

Lime Green Ribbon: Cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5), Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Gastroschisis, Kabuki Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Lymphoma, Muscular Dystrophy, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Sandhoff Disease, Spinal Cord Injuries, Achalasia Awareness – Martin Mueller IV Achalasia Awareness Foundation[10]

Mint Green Ribbon: Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease, Congenital hepatic Fibrosis, Genetic Disorders, Ivemark Syndrome[9]

Teal Ribbon: Anti-Bullying Awareness, Agoraphobia, Anxiety Disorder, Batten Disease, Cervical Cancer, Chari Malformation, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Ectodermal Dysphasia, Fibular Hemimelia, Food Allergies, Fragile X Syndrome, Gynecological cancers, Hoarding, Interstitial Cystitis, Knee Injury, Military sexual trauma, Myasthenia Gravis, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Ovarian Cancer, Panic Disorder, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Progressive Supanuclear Palsy, Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), Rape, Scleroderma, Sexual Assault, Substance Abuse, Tourette’s Syndrome, Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), Tsunami Victims, Uterine Cancer and Vulvar Cancer[9][10]

Turquoise Ribbon: Addiction Recovery, Bone Tumors, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), Dysautonomia, Interstitial Cystitis, Native American Reparation and Renal Cell Carcinoma[9][10]

Mixed Ribbons: Anal Cancer (green & blue), Cervical Cancer (teal & white), Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (teal & purple),[9] Hypotonia (lime green, blue, & pink), MEF2C Haploinsufficiency Syndrome (lime green & black, with DNA strand), Medullary Sponge Kidney (purple, teal & green), Pseudotumor Cerebri (green & blue), Schizencephaly (green & purple), Sticklers Syndrome (green & purple), Thyroid Cancer (pink, purple & teal)[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Green Ribbon Campaign | Health & Counselling Centre". Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  2. ^ a b McNeill 1911, pp. 550, 551.
  3. ^ Body Positive North West Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
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  5. ^ Health Protection Agency - Testing Times - HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United Kingdom: 2007
  6. ^ Helen Carter (2005-08-13). "Police chief's green ribbons for Muslims | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Quake Green Ribbon Campaign History". 2002-08-02. Archived from the original on August 2, 2002. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  8. ^ Fathi, Nazila (May 30, 2009). "Iranian Candidate Taps Student Woes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Ribbons for a reason | Ribbon color meaning | awareness meanings". Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Awareness Ribbons Chart: Color & Meaning of Awareness Ribbon Causes". Disabled World. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 



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