Join the Carolinas’ Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation & EPA Administrator Michael Regan for “Stories of Culture and Adaptation”

The Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center’s Global Change Fellows present:

Stories of Culture and Adaptation

EPA Administrator Michael Regan launches this event with a special message recognizing the 10th Anniversary of the Global Change Fellows program. Regan’s message will be followed by a Gullah/Geechee greeting from Chieftess Queen Quet, and then a panel discussion focused on how climate change has impacted marginalized communities. The panel will also highlight the need for diverse voices in climate change conversations and narratives, and cultural conservation/adaptation/resiliency in distinct communities.

The program’s diverse group of panelists includes perspectives from Native American community members, the unique Gullah/Geechee culture, natural resources managers, and youth activists. As EPA Administrator Regan recently noted, underrepresented and marginalized communities are frequently the most impacted by climate change and environmental injustice. Our panel will discuss how distinctive cultures are being shaped by and are reacting to climate change. These communities are long-term stewards of their environments, where they have an intimate and deep knowledge of place and changes over time. The panel will engage in a discussion on cultural challenges that underrepresented communities are facing in the wake of climate change, alongside the personal power of story.


  • Michael Regan: EPA Administrator (Keynote Message)
  • Queen Quet: Chieftess and and Head of State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (Keynote Panelist
  • Kaylah Brathwaite: Climate change youth & Zero Hour activist
  • Coral Avery: Natural Resource Specialist, BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program and Tribal Youth & Climate Liaison, and Citizen of the Shawnee Tribe
  • Jorden Revels: NC Warn environmental activist and organizer, Grassroots Organizing Fellow for Friends of the Earth, Lumbee Tribe Member
  • Beth Roach: Co-founder of the Alliance of the Native Seedkeepers, Tribal Resilience Coordinator for the North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs, and Citizen of the Nottoway Tribe

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