Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Amongst the World Leaders at UN COP 27 in Egypt
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and the Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has presented at several United Nations Council of Parties (UN COP) events since the first one that she attended in Marrakesh, Morocco. She made it back to Africa again this year to be one of the world leaders focused on climate action and will present several times in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt.
Queen Quet has been a tireless climate action leader. She will be able to speak out on this topic over the course of the two week long UN COP event during various meetings and via a series of speaking engagements including:
• November 9th 15:00-16:00 Accelerating Implementation of the Glasgow Work Program on ACE (Action for Climate Empowerment) through Cooperation, Collaboration and Partnership: Stakeholder Dialogues on Culturally Informed and People-Centered Approaches at the WWF/America is All In pavilion meeting room in the Blue Zone Spot P73 in Area C.
• November 10th 09:00-10:00 Coastal Wetlands in National and Subnational Climate Strategies: Nature-Based Solutions in Practice Panel at The Nature Zone Pavilion
November 11th 10:00-19:00 and 19:00-22:00 Climate Heritage Network #ArtCultureHeritageCOP27 at the Sharm El Shiek Museum
• November 12th 11:30-12:30 Subnational Leadership on Climate Ocean Action: Assessing Risk and Deploying Local Response in the America is All in Pavilion
• November 17th 09:00-10:00 am Losing the Irreplaceable: Loss & Damage, Culture & Heritage in the Resilience Hub in Blue Zone
• November 17th 11:15 am-12:15 pm Increasing Access to Climate Science Data for Communities and Local Leaders in the Climate Justice Pavilion in the Blue Zone
Increasing the accessibility of climate science data is crucial to help strengthen community climate resilience and enhance local climate adaptation plans, particularly for communities of color, low-income areas, and communities in the Global South that are disproportionately affected by climate change.
This event will feature officials from the Biden administration, environmental justice advocates, and local leaders to discuss why the dissemination of climate science to disadvantaged communities is so critical, and how recent work in the United States on climate change data tools—including the recent release of the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA) Portal—can help better engage and prepare communities for future climate events. The CMRA is an innovative and comprehensive census tract-level data tool that shows Americans the climate risks that could affect their communities.
Additionally, the discussion may explore what gaps remain in current climate communication, technical assistance, and capacity building, and propose policy changes that can further help communities access necessary resources and funding.
Johanna Chao Kreilick, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Rep. Sheila Babauta, Representative for the Northern Mariana Islands
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Dr. Wassila Thiaw, the Head of International Desks in NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
Chair Brenda Mallory, White House Council on Environmental Quality
The Gullah/Geechee Nation is actively engaged in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) and a number of climate action implementation efforts from ocean-based solutions to the South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative to 30 x 30. Queen Quet stands with other leaders of Small Islands and Developing States in seeking financial investments in climate action via green infrastructure plans for the Sea Islands as well as policy changes that will speed up the climate action work outlined in the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s Resilience Plan.
Having this COP be the COP of implementation is especially critical to island nations around the world. Queen Quet firmly believes that indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage need to be coupled with scientific innovations in green infrastructure and zero carbon technology in order for immediate global implementation to be done. The time to fund the indigenous and cultural heritage focused community driven efforts is now!
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