FLAG FOR THE FUTURE
Bartrisyia’s winning design, which features seven colored doves and an Arctic starflower, will be reproduced in titanium before it’s planted four kilometers below the ice in April. Accompanying it on its ceremonial burial will be a time capsule containing the signatures of millions of people who signed Greenpeace’s petition to protect the Arctic from oil drilling and overfishing.
Bartrisyia’s winning design features seven colored doves and an Arctic starflower.
Although no single country owns the international waters around the North Pole, Greenpeace says that countries and companies are taking advantage of the melting sea ice, a consequence of climate change, to exploit resources such as oil and fish.
“The Arctic is one of the last pristine places on earth, home to more than four million people, as well as unique animals found nowhere else on the planet,” the environmental group says in a statement. “Greenpeace is working with youth organisations like the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to ensure that this precious region is protected for generations to come.”
Westwood, who served as a judge for the contest, is known for her outspoken views on climate change, at one point proclaiming she would leave fashion to help protect the environment.
“The creativity of young people is one of the most powerful tools we have to build a better world,” she says. “The winning flag for the future is a fantastic representation of peace, hope and global community, and I am proud that it’s on the way to the North Pole.”