— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) May 21, 2015
Should our planet have a single, united flag?
In our world of roughly 197 recognized countries, numerous dialects and languages, countless cultures and subcultures, and ever-changing populations, it’s often hard to appreciate just how united we are.
And yet as we turn our gaze constantly upwards towards our solar system and beyond, perhaps we do need some symbol to remind anyone or anything out there — or maybe just ourselves — that we do share one common race and one single home: Earth.
Swedish design student Oskar Pernefeldt recently submitted the International Flag of the Planet Earth as a graduation project, and it’s been making quite a splash online.
The proposed design is simple enough, yet filled with symbolism. It consists of seven white interlocking circles set against a bright blue background — two colors peaceful to the eye and not dissimilar from those of the flag of the United Nations. Circles, which are inherently balanced, are also generally accepted as being peaceful and pleasant to the eye.
Together, the seven circles represent the seven continents of Earth (even though different cultures teach that the number of continents range from 4-8 or more). They are also reminiscent of the symbol for the Olympic Games. The blue background represents the oceans of the world.
The overlapping design of circles represents a unity between the many nations of the world while also evoking feelings of flowers or nature in general, which would be appropriate since we are the only known planet capable of sustaining life.
While no world flag is recognized by any nation as being official, it would seem that Pernefeldt’s is a likely candidate to be used in the planned colonization of Mars, as well as other upcoming missions for space exploration.
That said, although any Earth flag would certainly be used with the idea of promoting peace and unity, isn’t any world flag intrinsically imperialistic by using to make a claim and leave a mark on previously unexplored territories and spacial bodies? It will certainly be very interesting to see what the future holds.
Check out this video for a brief explanation of the flag’s design:
— Alejandro Argandona (@Toshi_TNE) May 22, 2015
This is the new contender for the flag of Earth. Looks pretty simple, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.