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For over 25 years (mostly at my personal expense) I have been an activist for Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins). For over a decade I've empowered children of all ages (including adults) while raising awareness about the plight of Whales and Dolphins through visually powerful public Environmental Art projects and exhibits all over the world. The photo here is from my trip to Tokyo in 2010 to join up with Ric O'Barry ("The Cove") and Save Japan Dolphins with a curtain of 1,300 Origami Dolphins. Each paper dolphin represents a real dolphin slaughtered annually in the fishing village of Taiji, Japan.
Since 2004, the Origami Whales Project (OWP) has worked to raise awareness concerning threats to cetaceans (dolphins and whales) through its stunning and memorable "Curtain of 38,000 Origami Whales."* Created by thousands of concerned citizens across the globe and exhibited throughout the world, this large-scale public art project serves as a powerful visual statement and memorial for the thousands of individual whales killed since the 1986 ban on commercial whaling.
* Since its inception, "the big curtain" is updated each year by adding 2,000 more Origami Whales (the number of real whales reported killed each year).
As urgent need for cetacean rights activities arise, the Origami Whales Project has expanded with additional outreach and education programs, creating "Curtains" of origami dolphins and whales in United States, Japan, Dominica, and New Zealand.