De Wata Need We! Protecting the Waters of the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s Coast!
“De wata bring we and de wata gwine tek we bak” is a well known Gullah/Geechee proverb. The waters of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are critical to the continuing of the cultural heritage of the people there. Gullah/Geechees still literally subsist due to harvesting from the sea. They do all that they can to live in balance with the waterways and want to keep these waterways pristine. To that end, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition are supporting the bans on the use of plastic bags which are being put in place in numerous townships on the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s coast due to the numerous harms that take place with the sea creatures and the environment when plastic bags get into the oceans and estuaries.
In addition to supporting the plastic bag bands, they are supporting this petition by their partner Oceana to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
Please click the link and sign the petition before August 21st so that ocean protections will remain in place.
The Gullah/Geechee Nation also finds itself having to fight against oil exploration, oil drilling, and the use of seismic guns in the Atlantic Ocean once again since the US government is attempting to reopen the coast to this. We have until August 17, 2017 for comments to be entered with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in opposition to oil exploration including the use of seismic guns and to oil drilling. We are calling on all of our supporters worldwide to let them know that you stand with the Gullah/Geechee Nation maintaining its cultural heritage on this coast and to that end, you want the Atlantic Coast kept off of the list of locations for oil exploration and drilling to take place. You can go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=BOEM-2017-0050-0001 to enter your comments.
Tenki Tenki ta all hunnuh wha gwine stand wid de Gullah/Geechee! Disya time, de wata need we!
Tune in to “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio” to hear more about these petitions and ways to assist in protecting Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage on our coast:
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