the ecology symbol

“The first Earth Day was held on April 22nd, 1970, and the event was celebrated by
20 million Americans who held demonstrations across the country to demand protection for the land, air, and water. Earth Day came about as the result of concerted environmentalist action, and artists played an important role in that process. In fact, the Ecology symbol was created by artist Ron Cobb, and the icon gained in popularity before the founding of Earth Day. Cobb’s symbol, first published in 1969, combined the letter "E" (for earth and environment), with the letter "O" (representing wholeness and unity). The symbol became wildly popular and found its way onto flyers, posters, buttons, banners, patches and bumper stickers. Flags of the World, the organization dedicated to the scholarly study of flags, credits Ron Cobb for the Ecology Flag, a green version of the U.S. flag that features Cobb’s famous symbol as its emblem.
...Cobb was born in Los Angeles in 1937, and he became the country’s premiere underground cartoonist from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. His brilliantly drawn cartoons tackled everything from the Vietnam war and race relations in the U.S., to the abuse of political power and the arms race…”

Source: art-for-a-change

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