Ecology Symbol

Ecology Symbol

When looking into the study of ecology what comes to mind? Fields of green? The ocean? Rich soil on a farm?

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The vast and varied ecosystems? Well all of these elements and more define the field of ecology. And each of one of these elements will be apart of the symbol for ecology.

Who created it?

The symbol for ecology was created by Ron Cobb and published for the first time on November 7th, 1969, in the Los Angeles Free Press. The symbol was a combination of the letters “E” and “O” taken from the words “Environment” and “Organism”, respectively.

The icon gained in popularity before the founding of Earth Day. The symbol became wildly popular and found its way onto flyers, posters, buttons, banners, patches and bumper stickers.

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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 the famous ecology symbol as its emblem.

Nonetheless, Cobb’s symbol was also quickly adopted by various ecologically oriented groups and publications. The analytic detail of the ecology symbol by Ron is available at his official website.

Ecology Symbol / A Little History

Ron is a great but little known artist. He is an American cartoonist, artist, writer, film designer, and film director who was born in Los Angeles in 1937, and 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.

Cobb worked on Disney animation before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1960 and served in the Signal Corps during the Vietnam War in 1963. Following his tour of duty he became a political cartoonist for the L.A. Free Press, which lasted from 1965 to 1970.

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Ecology Symbol / Now That’s Radical!

It was in 1965 that he started contributing political cartoons to the Los Angeles Free Press, one of the America’s first radical underground newspapers.

Eventually, he moved into production design for Hollywood movies, contributing set and conceptual design to films like Star Wars, Alien, Back to the Future, The Abyss and a bevy of other blockbusters. Cobb currently resides in Sydney, Australia.

Pick it up at the bookstore

His illustrations have been published in the books RCD-25, Mah Fellow Americans, Raw Sewage, The Cobb Book, “Cobb Again, and Colorvision.


For more information on ecology and keepin’ it green just use the following links:

Definition of Ecology

Green Ecology

Ecosystem Ecology

Ecology For Kids

Ecology Problems

Trends in Ecology

History of Ecology

What is Ocean Ecology

What is Population Ecology

What is Soil Ecology

Articles on Ecology

Washington Dept. of Ecology

National Wildlife Federation

Quotes about Ecology

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