Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Origami Whales Project with Peggy Oki!
PORCH, a beautiful boutique home and garden shop. I couldn't be happier that I did because I got the chance to meet and speak with Peggy Oki. Peggy was the only female member of the legendary Zepher Skate Team in the 1970's and that makes her a hero in our house! I can't even count the number of times my kids have watched Dog town and Z boys absolutely enthralled that a woman could skate and hang with the boys the way Peggy did- she is a true inspiration to my 5 year old daughter! Little did I know that Peggy is a hero to many others for other reasons as well....
Peggy is an environmental activist who displays an inspiring amount of dedication to protecting all ocean life. Surrounded by like minded individuals on this day, she was busy making garlands of whales for her international campaign: The Origami Whales Project. Based on Japans 1,000 origami cranes tradition, Peggy and her cohorts worked to memorialize the 34,000 and counting whales officially killed since 1986, when such hunting was banned outright. Her original origami curtain, consisting of 30,000 Origami Whales was first exhibited in late May 2007 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts during the 59th annual International Whaling Commission Meetings. Each origami whale, made by thousands of children and adults of all ages, from all nations, represents a whale killed in 21 years since they were supposed to be protected. As the whaling continues, 2,000 Origami Whales are added each year to reflect the most recent estimate of whales slaughtered. When you see these curtains in person it's hard to imagine that this many whales have been killed - it's a wake up call, seriously moving. This visual she has created is a very powerful tool and I believe is truly making a difference in raising awareness. You can help to! Find out how, here!
Posted by Sharon