We have a student to thank for a unifying flag for Mother Earth.
Oskar Pernefeldt of the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden, designed a new flag for the world as part of his graduation project.
Here’s what it looks like:
Pernefeldt describes his design as follows: "Centered in the flag, seven rings form a flower – a symbol of the life on Earth. The rings are linked to each other, which represents how everything on our planet, directly or indirectly, are linked."
"The blue field represents water which is essential for life – also as the oceans cover most of our planet's surface. The flower's outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet and the blue surface could represent the Universe."
So why the need for this flag?
Pernefeldt feels the planet Earth will need an "international flag of planet Earth" to:
- Be used while representing planet Earth when and if we ever visit another planet.
- Remind the people of Earth that we share this planet, no matter of national boundaries. That we should take care of each other and the planet we live on.
With man itching to reach Mars, the flag, if it is approved, will certainly be a welcome initiative for human representation on another planet.
The mission to Mars may be taken as a sure-to-be-doomed trip but a flag that represents the whole of humanity is not really a bad idea.
For sure, people online like the idea even if they may disagree with the design:
“Flag for Planet Earth” https://t.co/FLHtg7akxf So why can't it just have a picture of the Earth on it. ??— lewiskylewhite (@lewiskylewhite) May 18, 2015
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Pernefeldt isn't the only one who dreamed up a universal flag for Earth. In 1970, James W. Cadle, a farmer from Illinois, came up with one as well:
His Earth flag consisted 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. His flag flies at the Ohio State University Radio Observatory and was lowered to half mast when Carl Sagan died.
The flag of Earth became public domain in 2003.
Then there is James William van Kirk’s Peace Flag:
Kirk, a minister from Youngstown, Ohio, designed the flag with rainbow stripes, stars and a globe. He used the flag twice to make a peace tour through Europe. The Universal Peace Congress later adopted this flag as its World Peace Flag.
Paul Carroll’s World Flag:
This international flag created in 1988 by an American, Paul Carroll, was meant to increase awareness about the common challenges of globalization in today's world. In the center of the flag, there is a world map surrounded by the flags of 216 countries and territories and the UN flag.