Many citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have engaged in Earth Month by continuing the agrarian traditions that their ancestors passed down. Many others have started to engage in citizens science projects and academic field work that will help build capacity in regard to resilience and sustainability not only for the land and water, but also for our cultural heritage community. If haven’t yet participated in the events that were held virtually, join in these Earth Day activities with the Gullah/Geechee Family.
Because equitable policy starts with elevating community voices, the American Flood
Coalition and the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management convened a
roundtable series with the leaders of eight CBOs, each representing a historically underserved
community affected by flooding including the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
The Coastal Flooding and Preparedness Certificated Training Workshop will be hosted and sponsored by the Gullah/Geechee Sea island Coalition and Climate Central. Tune in for this 1 1/2 hour interactive training and learn about the Climate Central tools that will help you with flood warnings and learn about the mosquito tool. The flooding and affordable housing mapping will also be presented along with the risk finder tool. This engaging session will help us work to keep the coastal cultural heritage communities that we love above water.
Wednesday, September 16 | 1 pm ET
“I Flood and I Vote” is the rallying cry of Black community leaders around the country who are battling repeat flooding and fighting back against the cultural erasure and displacement from sea level rise, deadly storms, over-development, tourism and gentrification.
Although Hurricane Florence has long left the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the remnants of the massive down pours of rain and storm water still remain. Rivers are still rising through the Carolinas. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) and the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders and Representatives of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been coordinating emergency management and recovery efforts in collaboration with the Black Emergency Management Association (BEMA).
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The northern most region of the Gullah/Geechee Nation has suffered a great deal of damage and loss due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding that is still on-going. The leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been providing disaster and storm preparedness information and will increase the workshops and trainings throughout the coast following the …
“De wata bring we, de wata gwine tek we bak.”
It was surreal that this proverb would keep speaking to my soul about how people need to get back to working together and paying attention to our environment on the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast. I kept hearing it in my mind as we watched the reports of the massive amounts of water that were being predicted would come onto Sea Island land and even inland due to Hurricane Florence. Storm surge coupled with high tide is enough, but when you add rain over days and days, no one had any idea of how high the waters would rise nor when the rivers would crest nor how much inland dams would be able to take before the water flooded land for miles.
As our prayers turned the hurricane completely into the sea and away from land, my soul was still not settled that there was not more to come. Within hours, this feeling was confirmed as the photos and videos started to appear and states of emergency were declared in the Carolinas.