On behalf of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net), we would like to invite you to Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2021! Every year, Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) brings attention to pressing issues facing our ocean and Great Lakes and the communities. Since the Gullah/Geechee Nation literally exist in the Atlantic Ocean, we are joining partners across the United States for CHOW to insure that we all have healthy communities so that our cultures can thrive and survive.
The CHOW 2021 conference will take place virtually from June 8th to 10th. CHOW 2021 will examine how exclusionary practices and systemic racism impact conservation, science, and policy; and how strengthening diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice will improve the sustainability of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. The CHOW 2021 program will explore the intersection of people and the environment and how we ensure that all communities have equal access to opportunities to maintain a healthy environment to live, learn, and work. The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is proud to be a sponsor/partner of CHOW 2021, and we’re excited to be part of this opportunity to build a more racially equitable and just movement for our ocean and Great Lakes.
The health of our great waters requires the experience, perspectives, and values of all people. CHOW 2021 will examine how exclusionary practices and systemic racism impact conservation, science, and policy; and how strengthening justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion will improve the sustainability of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Ultimately, we believe the conversations from CHOW 2021 will reveal priorities that are the core of a policy agenda centered on justice, equity, and access.