The Earth Day Flag
The folks at remind us that the Earth Flag is a "powerful symbol of internationality and common interest, a standard that calls all people to mutual allegiance to their only universally-shared resource - the Earth itself." The Earth Flag was designed in 1970 by Earth Day founder and pioneer John McConnell, a resident of Kentucky and an early leader in the international peace movement. The flag's simple, yet elegant design was Inspired by the striking first photographs of the whole Earth taken during America's historic Apollo 10 space mission in 1969.  The Earth Flag has been presented to U.S. Presidents, to foreign dignitaries, to leaders of the Russian and Chinese governments when early western hemisphere delegations visited these countries in the 1970's and 1980's, and is proudly displayed at Earth Day celebrations throughout the world. proudly carries the Earth Flag in 3'x5' for both indoor and outdoor use.

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Earth Day is a celebration of nature’s beauty. From the sandy beaches of the Atlantic to the towering mountains of the Rockies and beyond, preserving our nation’s natural treasures is an essential role every person plays.  

No matter the culture, creed, or country, the one thing everyone shares is our beautiful planet, which is why the flag of Earth is such a powerful symbol. Join us as we explore the origins of Earth Day and look further into the flag that unites us all. is proud to offer the Earth Flag, crafted from heavy-duty nylon and featuring durable brass grommets and a sturdy canvas header. Showcase your dedication to preserving our planet and uniting with others with your own high-quality Earth Flag. 

What is Earth Day? 

To better understand the importance of the Earth Flag, we must first look into the origins of the Earth Day Movement. At the turn of the century, Americans were enjoying an economic and industrial boom, with new inventions like the automobile making life easier and more exciting. As the transportation industry grew, it expelled enormous amounts of pollutants into the air. Commonly accepted as a sign of progress and prosperity, air pollution was accepted as a part of the new American way.  

It wasn’t until Rachel Carson released her book “Silent Spring” in 1962 that a shift in mindset began to occur. People across the globe began to consider the impact of pollution on the environment and their health. 

In 1969, following a Santa Barbara oil spill, Senator Gaylord Nelson decided it was time to take a stand. Piggy-backing on the anti-war movement, he recruited activist Denis Hayes to organize on-campus teach-ins on April 22. Hayes took the movement nationwide, with groups and organizations around the country joining. Soon, it gained media attention and became the start of the Earth Day we celebrate today. 

Who Designed the Earth Day Flag and What Does it Represent? 

The Earth flag demonstrates the impact everyday individuals can have on shaping the future. The Earth Day flag creator, John McConnel, became inspired to create the flag after seeing a photo of Earth captured from Apollo 10. His goal was to create an emblem that would unify people under a shared vision.  

He states, “I was deeply stirred — as were many other people — by what I saw. The Copernican revolution, in thinking back in the 16th century, had enlarged our view, our perspective of the human race. We became more aware of our planet, its relation to our solar system, and to the universe. In viewing the first photo from space, thereby sharing in part the experience of the astronauts, we experienced in a deep and emotional way a new awareness of our planet.”  

After receiving permission to use the image, he created the first Earth Flag in 1969. Five-hundred flags were used to celebrate the first moon landing, showcasing its potential for uniting the masses.  

On the first Earth Day in 1970, the Earth flag was flown by schools, churches, businesses, and other organizations, cementing its place in our nation’s history. To McConnell, the flag represented the common experience of the human race and our place in the universe. It increases awareness of the planet, creating a sense of reverence and wonder for the great human adventure. 

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How Has the Earth Day Flag Evolved Over the Years? 

Like many state flags, the first flag of Earth has undergone subtle changes over its lifetime. The first design contained a simplified photo taken from the Apollo 10 mission set atop a blue background.  

In 1973, an updated picture was chosen by the original flag’s creator, John McConnell, showing a more in-depth image of the planet. While we use this flag, other versions have been proposed.  

James W. Cadle designed a geometric emblem in 1970 with color-blocked shapes depicting the Earth and moon atop a black and yellow background. A World Flag was designed in 1988, containing 159 international flags from members of the United Nations. Numerous other designs were submitted over the years, including the World Peace Flag of Earth, the Brotherhood Flag, and the Blue Dot Flag. 

The Legacy of the Earth Day Flag 

The Earth Flag has played an important part in global history. It has been presented to numerous U.S. Presidents, foreign dignitaries, and leaders of the Chinese and Russian governments by Western hemisphere dignitaries who visited these countries in the 1970s and 1980s.  

As of 2024, the flag continues to fly on flagpoles during Earth Day celebrations throughout America and the world, showcasing our shared human connection and responsibility to care for the planet. Future generations will continue to draw inspiration from this powerful emblem, hoisting it alongside the U.S.A. flag to symbolize our commitment to preserving the Earth and our beautiful nation.  

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