DIANNA COHEN is a visual artist and CEO/Co-Founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of more than 400 organizations, businesses and individuals, working towards a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact (www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org). As a longtime advocate for the measurable reduction of disposable plastic, Cohen has advanced successful educational and advocacy programs with PPC partners, by convening educational and innovative conferences and providing templates to help ban single-use plastics in communities. She has given public talks, television interviews and lectures worldwide, including a TEDTalk, INKTalk, Parley for the Ocean and TEDxThessaloniki.
A UCLA graduate in Fine Arts, Cohen has spent the nearly thirty years since as an independent multimedia and visual artist and curator, as well as as an activist. This expertise is critical to PPC goals with forward thinking social awareness campaigns, which include: Plastic Free Schools, Plastic Free Events and Plastic Free Touring. Cohen’s own art practice – she uses found plastic (bags, polystyrene, nets and other plastic debris) as her primary medium – informs her ongoing promotion of community-based research projects joined together with engaged community art practices that not only educate, but empower citizens to act locally on this global challenge, and seek more sustainable living and consumer practices. The sweet spot lies at the nexus of Science, Art and Communication.
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