Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Mayor Johnny Miller of Fernandina Beach continue to stand together in the fight to keep oil drilling and seismic gun testing off of the Atlantic coast.
These participants of the briefing brought their voices forth to make sure that the valuable assets of the Atlantic Coast are not left without protection before President Obama leaves office:
Claire Douglass, campaign director, Oceana
Frank Knapp, president and CEO, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce
During the press conference, Queen Quet reiterated the fact that “There is a Gullah/Geechee proverb that says, ‘De wata bring we and de wata gwine tek we bak.’ We know that coastal resources are inextricably tied to the sustainability of Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage because we live in and from the sea.” She then provided this acronym for Gullah/Geechee CULTURE:
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Queen Quet states that “Our fisheries nor our nationally and internationally recognized cultural community can be sustained without a healthy balanced environment. Seismic guns will cause an imbalance in the creatures of our ecosystem. This imbalance will have a negative impact on our economy and most of all, on our cultural community that literally sustains our food supply from these oceans and the waterways that connect to them.”
Along the Atlantic coast, nearly 1.4 million jobs and $95 billion in gross domestic product — mainly through fishing, tourism and recreation — rely on healthy ocean ecosystems.President Obama is currently on the brink of making final decisions about offshore drilling and the use of federal lands and their role in addressing climate change. There is widespread support for a permanent ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.A letter from 74 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives was sent to the White House on September 28. On October 6, a group of 14 US Senators sent a letter to President Obama asking him to permanently protect the Atlantic Ocean from oil and gas drilling.