“The use of fossil fuels on this planet has had a massive, undeniable impact, and so I’m doing everything I can to reduce my impact. Something as simple as the GasPods can make this difference.” — Peggy Oki
Skateboarder Surfer Artist Peggy Oki Saves Fuel to Save Whales and Dolphins
I’m Bob Evans and I’m here with my favorite friend on this planet, Peggy Oki. Peggy decided that she would put GasPods on her car because she wanted to make a difference with her driving and the amount of CO2 she was putting into the atmosphere for her whales and her dolphins.
Tell everybody in the world about your project, Peggy.
Hi. I’m Peggy Oki. I’m founder and director of the Origami Whales Project. I work to save dolphins and whales. I understand how protecting dolphins and whales and protecting our environment is all connected.
The use of fossil fuels on this planet has had a massive, undeniable impact, and so I’m doing everything I can to reduce my impact. Something as simple as the GasPods can make this difference.
I told Peggy, do you know where the GasPod idea came from? The bumps on whales. She said, “Okay. Let’s put some bumps on my truck, and I can be like a whale,” reducing drag as she moves through the air.
Wow Peggy. This is impressive. You’ve saved over 100 gallons of gas in your driving and roughly 2,400 pounds of CO2 not going into the atmosphere.
That’s right. It’s really amazing. Something as simple, easy, and economical as gas pods saving that much.
One car, one person, we can all make a difference and that’s what we’re here for. Thank you, Peggy for all the environmental work that you’ve been doing all these years.
Thank you Bob for all the environmental work you’re making with the GasPods.
If you see somebody go by fast on a skateboard, it’s probably Peggy.
“I’m as passionate about my activism as I’ve been for skateboarding.”
Since her skating days with the Z-Boys, Peggy Oki went on to UC Santa Barbara to study environmental biology, eventually receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Painting at The College of Creative Studies (UCSB). (She got around campus, primarily by skateboard.). The theme of her paintings reflect the landscapes, seascapes, and marine mammals that she loves. With her more recent activity of rock climbing, she includes images from her climbing trips to Joshua Tree, SE Utah, and Yosemite National Park.
Still surfing, now for over 40 years, she’s travelled to Fiji, Mexico, South Africa, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Japan, and Tonga, Hawaii, New Zealand , Australia, and Costa Rica.
She has a greeting card business representing her artwork, teaches art and her Whales & Dolphins Ambassador Program, and occasionally freelances in graphic design. As a fine artist she’s exhibited in over 40 group exhibitions, and more than a dozen one-woman exhibitions.