Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Honored by the American Society of Adaptation Professionals

The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) invites you to the 2020 Regional Adaptation Leadership Awards Ceremony Celebrating exceptional adaptation leaders from The Carolinas and New England Join us Wednesday October 28 at 12PM ET on the ASAP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanSocietyAdaptationProfessionals. Among those being celebrated will be Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

Queen Quet

Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation & Founder, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition

Queen Quet is harnessing traditional knowledge to implement local solutions and speaking out with her unique message to achieve global impact. 

An activist and mobilizer, Queen Quet is usually steps ahead of everyone else when it comes to strategy, planning, and messaging. Her ability to connect with people from completely different backgrounds is unmatched, and she makes the topics of climate change and resilience familiar and approachable to everyone who has the opportunity to engage with her. Queen Quet is energetic and passionate, and she has done tremendous work to articulate and communicate her strong vision for the Gullah/Geechee Nation and connect it to others’ experiences. 

Queen Quet formed the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank to engage scientists, policymakers, activists, and academics to build preparedness, resilience and adaptation capacity amongst the Gullah/Geechee population. The Think Tank’s annual Coastal Cultures Conference serves as an intergenerational and interdisciplinary space that helps people to think beyond their particular education and cultural views to more holistically approach climate challenges. 

Queen Quet’s presence at all levels – international to local – provides numerous platforms for her message of adaptation, inclusivity, and collaboration to address climate change, sea level rise, and resilience. She works within and outside her community to spread this message and build relationships to support adaptation work in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and beyond, including by engaging in the equity committee of the National Adaptation Forum and as an Agenda Setter in the Climigration Network alongside ASAP Executive Director Beth Gibbons. Through these platforms she effectively communicates the adaptation mechanisms being used by the Gullah/Geechee Nation and how they can be modeled in other coastal communities. 

Queen Quet is in constant motion putting into action her passion and commitments as an advocate, teacher, mentor, and convener. Experience Queen Quet’s leadership and message through these inspiring videos:

  1. 2019 National Adaptation Forum Plenary
  2. United Nations COP25 in Spain
  3. Global Climate Action Summit.



Queen Quet won the award! Tune in here for the Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) coverage of this:


  1. Debra M Butler

    Congrats on the honor from ASAP. I’ve worked with Beth, am a member of ASAP and endorsed the organization’s recognition of what you have done for your people. Peace, Debra ________________________________


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