Gullah/Geechee Nation Supporting Climate Action by Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples

On Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10:00:00 AM EDT until 11:00:00 AM EDT the Climate Heritage Network and Historic England invite the world to tune into their CultureXClimate webinar series. This webinar addresses the power of Indigenous Peoples’ Culture and Local Communities in meeting the challenges of climate change, focusing on good practice in action, application and adaptation. The Gullah/Geechee Nation is one of the global communities that will be featured via a presentation by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (

The break with traditional knowledge acquired over generations of experience and evolved practice marks the loss of equilibrium in the relationship between humans and nature that has provoked the current compound crisis of environmental degradation and climate change. It’s time to listen to and learn from Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

The fundamental change in lifestyle required is the realization of the fundamental connection between humans and nature. Traditional knowledge and practices of Indigenous Peoples are a pathway to this realization. The livelihood practices of Indigenous Peoples use only a small proportion of the world’s resources but contribute to preserving almost all the world’s remaining biodiversity. Time-honored practices, intellectual and cultural ways, Indigenous ways of knowing and traditional knowledge that link culture to nature are the cornerstones of the sustainable lifeways of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Partnering and supporting Indigenous Peoples and local communities and respectfully learning from their vast knowledge is a key strategy to support the transformative change needed to fight climate change. This applies not only to local communities themselves but to many areas in the world where there is a need to imagine future, sustainable societies, the process of turning complicated thinking back to simplicity.

This webinar will focus on good practice in action, application and adaptation. It will explore how supporting the culture heritage and knowledge systems of Indigenous Peoples and local communities is itself climate action. It will look at models of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities-led climate action and how cultural institutions can be allies in those efforts.

Three speakers from different regions and different contexts will allow participants to learn from multiple perspectives.

• “Protecting Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage on the Sea Islands” from Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine (, the elected Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and a native of St. Helena Island, South Carolina in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

• “Our Common Dignity” from Ave Paulus, A member of the ICOMOS Estonia, ICOMOS International Scientific Committees on Cultural Landscapes and Legal and Administrative Issues, Rights-Based Approach and Climate Change working groups.

• “Community-Centric – Cultural Sustainability Framework” from Suwichan Phatthanaphraiwan, a Pga K’nyau(Karen) singer, musician, and the first Pga K’nyau lecturer at Srinakharinwirot University.

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Climate Fridays-Climate Heritage Mobilisation webinars are being offered every Friday from 16 October to 27 November as part of the Culture x Climate 2020 global forum through a partnership between Historic England and the Climate Heritage Network.

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