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Published on Jun 30, 2015
The giant amounts of plastic that we create are literally changing the world. Pam Longobardi sheds light on the ways in which plastic is changing our environment and challenging our future.
Pam Longobardi’s parents, an ocean lifeguard and Delaware state diving champion, connected her from an early age to the water. She moved to Atlanta in 1970 and saw her neighborhood pond drained to build the high school she attended. Her artwork involves painting, photography, and installation and addresses the psychological relationship of humans to the natural world. In 2006, she founded the Drifters Project, an international collaborative artistic research project focusing on ocean plastic pollution. In 2013, she won the prestigious Hudgens Prize and, as lead artist on GYRE expedition, she was featured in the National Geographic film “GYRE: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean” and in National Geographic magazine. In 2014, Longobardi was awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State University, and has been named Oceanic Society’s Artist-In-Residence.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx