|“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…”