"The Earth Flag is my symbol of the task before us all. Only in the last quarter of my life have we come to know what it means to be custodians of the future of the Earth - to know that unless we care, unless we check the rapacious exploitations of our Earth and protect it, we are endangering the future of our children and our children's children. We did not know this before, except in little pieces. People knew that they had to take care of their own ... but it was not until we saw the picture of the Earth, from the Moon, that we realized how small and how helpless this planet is - something that we must hold in our arms and care for."

Margaret Mead, March 21, 1977



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, an early leader in the international peace movement. Inspired by the striking first photographs of the whole Earth taken during America's historic Apollo 10 space mission in 1969, this symbolic creation attained immediate world-wide recognition, including a lifetime association with renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead. Dr. Mead carried what she called "the flag for all people" with her wherever she appeared from 1969 until her death in 1977.

We are making available an authentic replica - a two-sided dye printed image of the Earth from space on a dark blue field, made from recyclable, weather-resistant polyester.

The Earth Flag's striking global motif is at once simple and compelling. Its quiet message beckons beholders towards a deeper insight into the universal themes of unity and peace.

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 waved at Earth Day celebrations throughout the world. The Earth Flag now flies as a matter of course in hundreds of American cities, as well as numerous countries in North and South America, in Europe, in Africa, in Asia and Japan. The Earth Flag is available in several sizes for both indoor and outdoor use.


For quite some time Mr. Waxman at http://earthflag.net has supplied Earth Flags and T-shirts. There are other suppliers, and after a recent court decision no one has a copyright or trademark on the design. However, the traditional design of a space-based image of Earth against a dark-blue background has been followed faithfully by various suppliers.

Mr. John McConnell, founder of Earth Day, is the originator of that traditional design. He receives no proceeds or royalties from any sale of Earth Flags. If you would like to support John McConnell's efforts in honor of his pioneering work with Earth Day and Earth Flags, please write to him and send contributions to

John McConnell
4924 E. Kentucky Circle
Denver, CO 80246

Phone: 303-758-7687

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