Skateboarder Surfer Artist Peggy Oki Saves Fuel to Save Whales Save 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.
Ernie Brooks is an Aviator, Educator and Photographer. He is an Advocate for our Ocean Planet.
Hello, I’m Ernie Brooks. I’m a photographer. I love the Ocean Planet.
We’re here in Santa Barbara, California, at the Jefferson Campus which is one of the homes of Brooks Institute, overlooking the beautiful Channel Islands, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, San Miguel and Santa Rosa - just beautiful.
Just like the design of what I am holding in my hand here. This is called a GasPod. This Volkswagen by specification should be getting about 46 mpg. With this design here, on this vessel, GasPod takes the airflow and rids itself of all this burble that is behind here and makes it flow smoothly. I get up to 50 mpg. That’s my average. Driving down from Seattle to Santa Barbara where we are here today I get up to 56 mpg.
Each one of us needs to do our part to make a difference and make a change. And, this is one way here. This is a beginning.
I just returned from the high Arctic, photographing the breaking up of the ice that is there. And you can see the difference that is happening to our Planet. We’re going through global warming. We really are. There is no denying it. And the carbon that is in our atmosphere can be reduced. Just think of one thing right here: By getting better mileage, by having better air flow. and having a design that can make a difference.
Commit yourself to something that is as important as this. By making the planet a place we can all be proud of for our grandchildren, great grandchildren and beyond.
Good luck to you, and make a difference.
Jean Michel Cousteau is an Advocate for the Health of the Oceans and the Environment
Today, on the planet, there are 2 billion automobiles that are releasing CO2 in the atmosphere which is really contributing to some of the problems we have to deal with today. And, the CO2 affects the Ocean, the acidification of the Ocean. We are in trouble if we don’t change, if we don’t come up with new ways of adapting to the pressure that we have created on the planet. And there are huge opportunities. And one of them is for every one of us to put on our automobiles a GasPod.
A GasPod will give you a chance to not only increase the aerodynamics of your automobiles, but you will be able to make more miles per gallon and at the end of the day, you, I will save money.
We have a unique opportunity to make a difference, to protect our future. We are the only species on the planet that has the privilege of deciding not to disappear. And in the process we are helping our economy. We are helping every one of us. We’re going to save money and we’re protecting the environment.
Every one of us can make a difference. Be atmospheric. Protect the environment. Save Money. And, everybody wins.
As Chairman of the Board and President of Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel travels the world, meeting with leaders and policymakers at the grassroots level and at the highest echelons of government and business. He is dedicated to educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change.
What ABC News Has To Say About GasPods!
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
To get more mileage out of your engine, many people pour an additive from a can into the gas tank. A local businessman has come up with an invention that appears to save gas and increase the efficiency of your vehicle.
The small plastic "Gas Pod" can be added to the back of your car with a magnet or an adhesive. It changes the air flow over the top of your vehicle and, with less drag, you get more mileage per tank of gas. On most vehicles you will need nine to work the best, after months of testing.
It's been tried on vehicles in Santa Barbara at Ablitt's Cleaners and The Berry Man produce. Employees say they are not filling up as much since the pods were attached.
"We looked at the numbers we did the math and it was right there in black and white," said Les Clark with The Berry Man. "Now since then, one of my salesmen told me this morning he has absolutely noticed the difference, he's not filling up as often and he's noticed a difference."
The inventor Bob Evans say the KIA SUV's purchased by The Berry Man are perfect for the small pods to line up on the back lip above the window. Gas mileage can increase from two to 17 percent depending on the vehicle and the type of driving you do.
"It is a phenominal product for when it comes down to the environment, and Santa Barbara the founder of Earth Day, if we can get five million cars in Southern California by next summer you can imagine the savings we can quantify." said Evans.