On Friday 21st September 2018, the crew of the expedition vessel Infinity celebrated the International Day of Peace in an interesting fashion. They reached the arctic having set off 3 months prior, and planted a flagpole. Atop it, the International Flag of Planet Earth. Let’s take a look at the mission, and the story behind the flag!
A group of South Pacific Islanders were becoming frustrated with the amount of plastic they were picking out of the oceans. They decided that they needed to make a grand gesture to try to get the planet to try to work together on issues like this. As Captain Clemens Oestreich put it, “We wanted to do something meaningful, even if that meant planting a flag in one of the most remote parts of the world.” And so they did!
Under the banner of the #JoinEarthToday campaign, and with the support of the organisation EarthToday, they planned a voyage to the arctic to raise the Flag of Planet Earth. A recently started venture, EarthToday aims to bring together people from all walks of life, with a view to working towards common goals.
Any good flag raising needs a flagpole, and boy they chose a great one to bring on the trip! Carved from the wood of a tree that was uprooted during a tropical storm in Vanuatu, the pole has been carved by local islanders. You can see the making of the flagpole and some other beautiful footage of the expedition in their Facebook video below:
For the first time in human history, the Flag of Planet Earth is being raised for humanity at the top of the world! Please, help this beautiful symbol of unity travel across the globe and let it guide us to a brighter future!
#JoinEarthToday #FlagOfPlanetEarth #InfinityExpedition #brightfuture
Posted by EarthToday on Friday, 21 September 2018
At this point, you may well be asking the question “Wait, Earth has a flag?”. Well, let’s try to answer that!
The “International Flag of Planet Earth” is a proposed flag design by Swedish artist Oskar Pernefeldt. Frustrated with space missions displaying the flag of the individual nations running them, Oskar dreamed that one day, humans would explore the stars under a single, shared flag.
The design has peaked the interest of many, but is not official by any means. To be fair, if city council’s can’t put their heads together and come up with a single design to please everybody, how are we meant to do it as an entire planet? Imagine the bureaucracy!
However, it is easy to see why this design, of many suggested designs, has proven to be quite popular! The flag has a blue field to represent the water that makes up such a huge part of our lives. In the centre are seven, white, interlocking rings. They represent the seven continents of the planet, interlocked to show that we all depend on one another. The pattern of the rings forms a flower, representing life on earth.
The video below does a fantastic job of explaining the symbolism of the flag:
The expedition and the flag share the same message: We are all citizens of Earth, and we can achieve so much if we work together.
Indeed, it took a lot of coming together to achieve the first ever raising of the International flag of Planet Earth in the Arctic.
Both projects have a great message, and I thoughroughly recomment you check them out at the links below. The beautiful image and video of the crew of Infinity stood before their flagpole comes courtesy of EarthToday, and the awesome Earth flag design courtesy of Oskar Pernefeldt.