Category Archives: Environmental Justice

HEADS UP @GullahGeechee! Comment on St. Helena’s MLK Drive

…several native Gullah/Geechees emphasized the point that the only way that we are to accept this is if we design in the way that we want it. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition made it clear that there is no sense in building something that is not sustainable. She made it clear that “It is not what you do, but how you do it.” There are resiliency efforts underway for historic St. Helena Island and any projects that are happening at the county level should all be done in a collaborative way that support the health of the island, its environment and the Gullah/Geechee people therein.

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Build Back Better BIPOC Coastal Cultural Heritage Communities including the Gullah/Geechee Nation

I never thought that my house on St. Helena Island in South Carolina would host the United States Congress or the United Nations. However, due to the on-going global pandemic, I have been able sit in prestigious political places via my computer screen without traveling and contributing further carbon emissions. As I tune in, I am concerned about the omissions- the omissions of the cost of climate change impacts on cultural heritage communities like the Gullah/Geechee Nation on the southeastern coast.

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ART of Climate Action by Queen Quet of de @GullahGeechee

It appears that people are more intrigued with investments into what I sought to study when I was in college-artificial intelligence-than they are willing to invest in actual intelligence. There is a tremendous amount of actual intelligence in indigenous communities such as the Gullah/Geechee Nation that are also classified as “BIPOC” communities. Due to the assimilation tactics of white supremacy and its tool of operation-institutionalized racism, I caution you to very clear about “residents” versus “traditional cultural community members.” I represent Gullah/Geechee traditionalists not simply people born on the coast from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL. The traditionalists of the Sea Islands are the Gullah/Geechees that are the living embodiment of the terms that are consistently utilized and put into professional communities of practice as part of the tools being used to take climate action-adaptation and resilience.

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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to present at “Surge Sessions”

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.”

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Yeddi We-NPR Focuses on the Gullah/Geechee and Rising Sea

As the United Nations Council of Parties gathered to discuss climate change and to strategize on how to address this. Grassroots activists and NGO leaders pushed for action and not just words from all parts of the globe. They want to insure that indigenous people and communities that are the once most negatively impacted by this anthropogenic crisis do not have their cultures further eroded by natural disasters nor plans made by political actors that do not have to live through what they have endured already. National Public Radio reporters heard the waves of the rising seas on the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and came to hear the people’s voices that are rising even higher than those sea levels. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) who presented for UN COP26 calls on you to tune in and yeddi we.

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Shares Stories from the Frontline of Sea Level Rise on NPR’s Science Friday

Tune in to your local NPR station at 3:06 p.m. EST TODAY or to https://www.sciencefriday.com/radio/ to hear Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and others members of the Anthropocene Alliance’s Higher Ground leadership share their stories on Science Friday

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Groups Fire Back at Feds’ Move to Dismiss Plutonium Pit Lawsuit

Public interest groups shot back at the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s attempt to suppress a lawsuit seeking a comprehensive environmental review of the agencies’ plans to produce large quantities of nuclear bomb cores, or plutonium pits, at DOE sites in New Mexico and South Carolina.

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Join the Carolinas’ Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation & EPA Administrator Michael Regan for “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.

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation & Climate Heritage Network presents for the United Nations COP 26

The twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC will be hosted by the United Kingdom, in partnership with Italy. The summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. More than 190 world leaders will participate, along with tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks. Queen Quet will present as part of the Climate Heritage Network on November 2, 2021 at 9 am EST. Those that would like to see the presentation should register at: https://cop-resilience-hub.org/. 

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Stop I-526 Extension from Destroying the Gullah/Geechee Nation!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has stood in opposition to the expansion of I-526 onto the Sea Islands of Charleston County, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation for close to a decade! We have successfully opposed this in a myriad of ways along with others that do all that we can to #Nix526! We are calling on you to send in letters from around the world to help us stop this destructionment project! Write in and tell them to choose “NO BUILD!” Protect the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s Sea Islands!

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