United Earth is a not for profit non-governmental organization which recognizes and promotes environmental leadership and humanitarian excellence worldwide. Founded in 1974 by Claes Nobel, descendent of Nobel Prize creator Dr. Alfred Nobel, UNITED EARTH focuses global efforts, resources and programs on an unprecedented challenge: uniting the people and nations of Earth in forging our collective, sustainable future.
Inspired by the legacy of his uncle and by the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Claes Nobel is a man of vision who is able to see new solutions to age-old world problems. For three decades Claes Nobel has crossed borders, ideologies and societal differences, bringing people together to address common environmental issues.
About Dr. Alfred Nobel
Dr. Alfred Bernhard Nobel was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator and the inventor of dynamite. Dr. Nobel’s greatness lay in his ability to combine the penetrating mind of the scientist and inventor with the forward-looking dynamism of the industrialist. Dr. Nobel was very interested in social and peace-related issues. He had a great interest in literature and wrote his own poetry and dramatic works. As an extension and a fulfillment of his lifetime interests, in his last will, Dr. Nobel used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes.
Winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. The award brings with it worldwide recognition that highlights one’s life work and provides the funds to continue and further one’s mission. For academics and institutions, a Nobel Prize is used to attract the best and the brightest minds, whether students or scholars.
Alfred Nobel’s Last Will and Testament
Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel created the Nobel prizes in his will, written in 1895, bequeathing his fortune to a fund that would honor
“Those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.”
Nobel’s will specified that the prizes be divided into five equal parts, apportioned as follows for the physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace prizes:
“One part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery or invention within the field of physics; one part to the person who shall have made the most important chemical discovery or improvement; one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine; one part to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction; and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
The Nobel Foundation was created to manage the capital in Nobel’s estate. Since 1901, the year the first Nobel Prizes were awarded, the Foundation has funded the prestigious awards created by their namesake. The Nobel Prize for Economics, the only award not included in Nobel’s will, is funded by the Swedish Central Bank, which created the prize in 1968. It was first awarded in 1969.
About the United Earth Seal
The Seal of United Earth illustrates the holy circle of life.
The bird represents clean air
The fish symbolizes pure water
The deer connotes animals
The tree represents natural resources
The wheat symbolizes food
The human being stands for the well-being of all human kind
The surrounding olive laurel wreath signifies that all of earth is sacre
Through this icon United Earth unites all of humanity in the reverence of life
The protection of our blue-green home in space
As the home of our dynamic, symbiotic well-balanced and peaceful planet
United Earth stands for the quality of life for all forms of life