Peggy Oki @ TEDxQueenstown
A tireless advocate for cetacean rights through her Origami Whales Project, and “Let's Face It” Visual Petition campaign, Peggy has a deep commitment to our planet that drives her to inspire people around the world to make a difference.
*In the 1970’s, Peggy broke barriers in the world of skateboarding as the only female member of the Zephyr Skateboard team, made famous in the film Dogtown & Z Boys. In 2012, she was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. Both surfing and skating continue to be a vital part of her daily life.
Her art is a direct reflection of her love and dedication to our oceans and it’s amazing creatures, most especially the whale, “whose well-being seems inexorably tied to her own. She is their champion, on a quest to save them from our recklessness. Forged from a warrior’s heart, her beautiful paintings reveal the splendor of nature, while challenging viewers to plunge deeper into their own consciousness, compassion and commitment.” (artist and activist, Margery Spielman)
“Her art reflects her core beliefs and how she lives her life. Peggy lives an examined life, from the food she eats, the paint she uses, to the surfaces she paints on and more.”
(local activist, Joyce Macias)
"Peggy spoke to the values and life experiences of our community. There are few people that live such an unobstructed yet humble life. Peggy is a unique human with a rebel spirit and kind heart that inspires positive change. As a Graduation Speaker, she went beyond expectations by engaging our community in an origami activism project. She remains in the hearts of the Green School Community, forever guiding students toward purpose action."
Green School Bali High School Principal
Santa Barbara, CA.
Costa Mesa, CA.
* Presentations have included a screening of Dogtown & Z-Boys and/or the Origami Curtain of Whales exhibit.
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Introducing Peggy Oki as a speaker at World Oceans Day Ventura.— World Oceans Day Ventura (@WODVentura) 28 May 2019
Come see Peggy’s Oragami Whales Project 🐋🐳 on June 7th.
Skateboard and surf legend to participation artwork @_PeggyOki https://t.co/9rubf0DXv1 #TEDxQueenstown pic.twitter.com/KVplm2nZth— TEDxQueenstown (@TEDxQueenstown) May 11, 2016