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“Changing Tides: What’s destabilizing North Carolina’s coastal ecology?”

Climate change contributes to rising seas, plus more frequent and severe storms, with a strong impact on fisheries in coastal North Carolina on which commercial and recreational fishing rely. This series examines the changes from the perspectives of scientists, regulators and people whose livelihoods depend on the seas, examining divided opinions, best practices and potential public policy and regulatory shifts that could improve outlooks.

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Gullah/Geechee Agro-Culture Fishing & Farming Field Day

who were enslaved on plantations along the southeast coast, Gullah/Geechee represents the only group of African Americans who maintained a significant amount of Africanisms including foodways, land use practices, subsistence fishing, and the spoken Gullah language (Goodwine, 1998; Politzer, 1999). For centuries, Gullah/Geechee communities sustained a way of life predicated on the wealth of close-knit family compounds, and carefully nurtured the resources of the land and water (Dean, 2013). In recent decades, this way of life has been disrupted due to inequitable public policy. Beyond the negative impact on the immediate community, this disruption also has negative impacts on the larger farming ecosystem. Research shows that culture and agriculture ecosystems are inextricably linked – sustain culture, sustain agriculture (Dean, 2013).” Like the cast net, we want to draw in all that will feed the Gullah/Geechee Famlee.  We gwine feed de mind, body, and soul. 

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Earth Day Activities @GullahGeechee

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.

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Keynotes for Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) will be the keynote speaker for the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities. For centuries, the Gullah/Geechee people have endured inequities and unfair treatment that have negatively impacted their quality of life. Queen Quet will present on how her people live an active life that supports overall healthy living. The traditional Gullah/Geechee lifestyle has led to many natives of the Sea Islands living into their 90s and 100s and still being viable active members of the community. She will tell you how public health advocates and community coalitions can work with the Gullah/Geechee people to increase access to healthy eating and active living resources and improve health outcomes.

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Cultural Sustainability and Who WEBE @GullahGeechee

Cultural Sustainability and Who WEBE @GullahGeechee will be an intergenerational interactive dialogue with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation on April 13, 2021 at 3pm EST.

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Queen Quet Standing for Earth and Environmental Justice

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was the first Gullah/Geechee in world history to ever take the human rights issues of native Gullah/Geechees before the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Since April 1, 1999, she has continued to be a human rights, land rights, and water rights activist and is known the world over by the term that she coined for herself, “The Art-ivist.” It is natural fit for Queen Quet to be engaged in climate action with a myriad of others that are passionate about insuring the sustained health of Mother Earth which will thereby sustain cultural heritage communities like the Gullah/Geechee Nation which Queen Quet is the leader of. Due to the visionary leadership that Queen Quet shows, she has been invited to be a part of several earth justice and environmental events that will conclude Women’s Herstory Month.

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Zooming in on Cultural Heritage Linguistically @GullahGeechee

Tune in for the 25th episode of “Zooming in on Sustainability” on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 3 pm as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) talks with Dr. Jessica Berry about the Gullah/Geechee language and sustaining cultural heritage linguistically. They will discuss Dr. Berry’s Gullah/Geechee language journey, career, and book.

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Support Social Justice and Climate Action @GullahGeechee

A number of issues are facing the Gullah/Geechee Nation from sea level rise and other climate change impacts to an on-slaught of destructionment projects along the coast. All of this is taking place during hurricane season in the midst of a pandemic. So, we would appreciate your support and assistance with a number of things. We gladdee hunnuh dey ya fa yeddi we!

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Zooming in on Sea Grant and the Sea Islands

Tune in for the 17th episode of Zooming in on Sustainability as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) dialogues with Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank member, Rick DeVoe about the work of Sea Grant and the Sea Islands.

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Zooming in on Unions and the Legacy of Black Labor

Tune in for the 13th episode of Zooming in on Sustainability” featuring Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) in a dialogue with Kwame Sha and Elder Carlie Towne of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank in honor of unions and the Black labor legacy.

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