Monthly Archives: September, 2021

Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and 84 Groups Urge Congress to Boost U.S International Climate Finance to Support Resilience, Clean Energy, Emissions Cuts and Forest Protection

possibility of holding global temperature rise below 2.7°F (1.5°C). Strategic investments to help developing countries speed-up the transition towards zero-carbon economies and to protect tropical and intact forests, and other critical carbon-rich ecosystems is essential to delivering the necessary global emissions cuts we need this decade. At the same time, the poorest and most vulnerable in the world – who have contributed the least to the problem – are already facing devastating impacts from climate change. These individuals and communities need scaled-up support to build more resilience to increasingly damaging climate impacts. Robust international climate funding of this magnitude represents less than 0.06% of the federal budget, but scaling-up this funding will provide critical climate protections for Americans, support the most vulnerable around the world, and speed-up global emissions reductions.

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Zooming in on Merkin Legacy & Trinidadian Reforestry

Tune in to Zooming in on Sustainability as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation discusses the cultural legacy and history of the Merkins in Trinidad with Sistah Akilah Jaramogi. Sister Jaramogi is the co-founder of Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation in Trinidad. Tune in to learn about the SCIPL Global Tree Project collaboration with the Gullah/Geechee Nation to enhance global reforestry.

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Git Rooted Wit We @GullahGeechee! Support Global Reforestry! Part 2

Those of us at South Carolina Interfaith Power & Light seek to bring the type of peace that I felt at Fondes Amandes to others throughout our home state and around the world. We know that trees improve the health of those in close proximity to them. Trees not only cool down the areas which is becoming even more appreciated as deathly heat waves continue to happen in different parts of the world, trees also remove pollutants from the air. Scientists have also concluded that trees reduce depression and stress and increase lifespans. I know that my life force was increased by the journey to higher heights with my Merikin Famlee in Trinidad and I pray that the trees that were planted will speak to the souls of future generations that sit beneath their shade and share our cultural heritage traditions and connections as we did during that journey. Juss likka de tree, we rooted een who webe!

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Gullah Wars 2021: Saving the Site of the Stono Rebellion

there is an attempt to annex which is usually a tactic used along the coast when folks seek to upzone and bring in massive destructionment projects. If the annexation and upzoning were to pass, more than 3,000 homes could be built on the headwaters of Rantowles Creek—which flows into the Stono River which is the location for which the Stono Rebellion is named. Currenty, there are fewer than 300 homes are allowed there.  In order to keep this overbuilding from happening in this environmentally sensitive and historic areas, we must be like Cato and the Angolan men. We have to work and march together for liberty! We need to take a stand to protect the land!

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“Changing Tides: What’s destabilizing North Carolina’s coastal ecology?”

Climate change contributes to rising seas, plus more frequent and severe storms, with a strong impact on fisheries in coastal North Carolina on which commercial and recreational fishing rely. This series examines the changes from the perspectives of scientists, regulators and people whose livelihoods depend on the seas, examining divided opinions, best practices and potential public policy and regulatory shifts that could improve outlooks.

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Git Rooted wit de Gullah/Geechee! Support Global Reforestry! Part 1

As I think of how I have seen water move sand, I think of how the roots of the trees remain even when they are exposed. Then I hear in my soul my own voice saying for the millionth time-“Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree.” Then I give GOD thanks for the mission I was given when this statement first came to me in a vision and I took it around the world thereafter. Given that this is the slogan of my organization, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, within our mission to protect the land and land rights of the people of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, we know that we must insure the rights of nature and protect the trees. Just as people clear cut them, there are those that have tried to clearly cut out Gullah/Geechee culture from our coast.

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