International (World) Literacy Day has taken place annually on September 8th since 1966. Interestingly enough, I found myself reading the Paris Climate Agreement as the clock struck twelve to usher the day in. I wanted to insure that as I spoke for the “Rise for Jobs, Climate, and Justice Rally” that I covered the major points of what many countries of the world agreed to in order to emphasize what those of us that support the agreement believe. As I read, I had to take note of the fact that the rally to be held on International Literacy Day would encompass the theme of the day which is “literacy and skills development.” Both are crucial in our stand for jobs, climate, and justice.
Organizers for the Climate Heritage Mobilization at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit which will be held in San Francisco, CA September 12 to 14 realize that heritage has the power to help communities make the #ParisAgreement a reality. At the #ClimateHeritage Mobilization @ #GCAS2018, cultural heritage community leaders from around the world are uniting to the show the way. One of these leaders will be Queen Quet who has been invited to California by the governor of that state. She will be part of the Global Climate Action Summit which will bring together state and local governments, business, and citizens from around the world to showcase climate action taking place, thereby demonstrating how the tide has turned in the race against climate change and inspiring deeper national commitments in support of the Paris Agreement.
Sea level rise and other climate changes impacts are compounding the work to protect the Sea Island environment. Yet, Queen Quet is committed to this work daily. Queen Quet has successfully worked against offshore oil drilling and seismic gun use in the Atlantic Ocean and is actively engaged with global partners in reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years and the Gullah/Geechee Nation is working to achieve these goals during the International Decade of People of African Descent. With your support, the Gullah/Geechee can insure that we have representation in the major planning and engagement activities to reach these goals and to insure that the Paris Agreement to protect the environment are achieved. So, Tenki Tenki fa hep we send Queen Quet ta de UN one mo ‘gain!
Please contribute to this aspect of the “Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands World Tour” at https://www.gofundme.com/gullahgeechee-queen-quet-goes-toun