Why a new symbol?
By now, spring 2012, most people realize that global warming is happening and that humans are contributing to it by the CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels and from deforestation. People are also increasingly aware that world fisheries are being depleted, that fresh water supplies are shrinking and that every day there are more mouths to feed and less land to grow food.
While population is growing (from 3 b to7 b in 50 years) the planet’s life support systems (e.g. forests, ocean fish, topsoil, biodiversity and water) are actually shrinking. All together humanity is facing one overarching challenge, ensuring a livable world for our children and future generations.
Living in harmony with nature: Once a value choice, is now a necessity
While calling attention to the larger challenge, the eco-symbol also adds weight to individual issues. The eco-symbol can be used as a badge, sticker or logo for nature programs at schools, camps and scouting. The symbol is an ever-present reminder of the need to protect the environment and how our everyday choices matter.
Neither I nor the universal eco-symbol are connected to any organization, business or political entity.
The symbol simply says that civilization has entered a new era where, from now on, responsibility for protecting the environment is no longer a value for some, but a necessity for all.
Symbol artwork is available on this page for your use.
Examples of the 'One with the Earth' symbol on Websites: