In 2019 the Charleston Climate Coalition held the Global Climate Strike rally in Charleston, SC which sparked a flame on the coast. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation added energy to that spark so that a flame of climate action would blazed throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She has continued to work with the Charleston Climate Coalition since the rally and is looking forward to “the climate action blaze that is going to burn on top of the risings seas and bring more light to the global climate crisis.”
Queen Quet presented for the Council of Parties (COP26) climate talks that continue next week. As global leaders meet in Glasgow, Scotland, the Charleston Climate Coalition will host “Surge Sessions: Dispatches on the Climate Crisis” from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at The American Theatre, located at 446 King Street in Charleston. Those who attend are asked to give a $10 donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A mask and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required.
The “Surge Sessions” will bring the topic of anthropocene / human-caused, accelerated climate change and its negative impacts home to the Lowcountry. The presenters are engaged in direct action, research and information regarding damage to coral reefs, melting glaciers and resulting sea level rise to environmental justice and cultural preservation. They want these topics to rise in the minds and hearts of people in the region so that they will join them in taking action.
• Marine biologist Phil Dunstan of the College of Charleston
• Journalist Tony Bartelme of The Post and Courier
• Engineer and photographer Jared Bramlett of the Mean High Water project
• Activist and oysterman Cyrus Buffum of Friends of Gadsden Creek
Belvin Olasov, co-founder of the Charleston Climate Coalition, will make opening and closing remarks, discussing ways that local people can get involved in opportunities to improve our air, water and soil, our transportation and food systems and ultimately do our part in easing human-caused greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. “With the Surge Sessions, we want folks to come to a deeper, more holistic understanding of the climate crisis — its severity and inequities, and the creative and human forces rising to answer it — and in the end to feel energized to join the climate liberation movement,” Olasov said.
Get your ticket and make sure you are part of the flow for the “Surge Sessions:”