Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Day After Earth Day Thoughts

The cartoon above summerizes my thoughts on humankind and the world in which we live. I won't list all the ways that we humans have screwed up and continue to screw up the planet. I'm sure you have heard them before. On this day after earth day I am more concerned about how we may yet destroy ourselves and this planet in one crazy moment at the hands of insane people.

I think we need a movement! Do you remember this symbol that just turned 50 years old last year?

Today, I rather believe what most people, when they encounter the symbol above, call it the peace sign.  Yes, it represents peace, but that's not what it symbolized some 51 years when it was first used. Then it stood as the symbol for the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

As the story goes, Gerald Holtom, a World War II conscientious objector and designer of the symbol, used the semaphore signals super-imposing N(uclear) onto D(isarmament) and placing them within a circle symbolizing the Earth:

And the Earth is what this is all about. The earth is affected by global warming, pollution, disappearing rain forests, over population, and much more. All of these are doing damage to this planet that will greatly affect future generations. However, if some crazy head of state or terrorist starts a nuclear holocaust tomorrow, there may not be any future generations for our mistreatment of the earth to affect.

So, I think we need to remember that the Peace Sign initially stood for Nuclear Disarmament. Maybe we should start or join a movement?


  1. I think theres a fifty-fifty chance we could all be toast in the next few years...

  2. I remember that as the peace symbol from the 60/70s. Thanks for the info on it.

  3. Interesting history on the peace sign. Thanks.

    I'm thinking that we need a major paradigm shift, and getting the humans on this planet to shift their thinking so drastically may take a lot of discomfort. Why change when we're comfortable?

  4. The two-fingered peace sign gesture began life as Winston Churchill's "Victory in War" sign. I'm kind of pleased with the way we turned that one on its head!

  5. You have written a very interesting post here. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the world could adorn their hearts with this symbol and together we could bring peace to our planet.

    CJ xx

  6. I knew that sign meant 'Ban The Bomb' but I didn't know how it came about - thanks for the info Nick and I second your post m'dear. x

  7. Have A Good Weekend Nick
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  8. A FANTASTIC movement that has never dulled for some of us :) I find it very encouraging how cool it is to be GREEN now. All those that laughed at me years and years ago, well they seemed to have jumped on the proverbial bandwagon...thank goodness. Love Your Mother Earth :)