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World Indigenous Peoples Day 2020 and de Gullah/Geechee

The 2020 theme for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is COVID-19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience. The aim is to highlight how the preservation and promotion of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and practices can be leveraged more fully during this pandemic. The leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been focusing on the continuation of their culture and are promoting the traditional knowledge and practices..

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Holding onto Gullah/Geechee Culture as the Climate Changes the Coast

The land is our family and the waterways are our bloodline in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. So, as I take a stand for the land, I am taking a stand for my ancestors, my kinspeople, and for the children yet to be born. • Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

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Rising Seas, Risings Temperatures and Rising Movement on the Sea Islands

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank has remained focused on accomplishing the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs) and continues to work with global partners to raise awareness via climate science in order to reverse the negative impacts of climate change on the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The risings seas and rising temperatures that are being witnessed have consistently been documented while the world’s scientists seek the answers to what human behaviors can be altered in order to bring these things back into alignment and cause the environment to be balanced and the earth to be healed.

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20 Years as Queen: Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition Reflects on Queen Quet

On April 1, 1999, Marquetta L. Goodwine whose roots stem from St. Helena, Polowana, and Dataw Islands in Beaufort County, SC sat down before the world in Genéva, Switzerland. She became the first Gullah/Geechee to speak before the United Nations Human Rights Commission. She had no idea that when the clock on the wall stopped at zero that a clock that would be ticking to alter the trajectory of her life would begin running. She has been running in syncopation with it ever since.

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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is one of the Global Leaders at the United Nations COP 25 in Madrid, Spain

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is among the global leaders that have answered the call to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and to be part of the climate action. She has made interventions throughout the first week of COP 25 with a specific focus on insuring that cultural heritage is not left out of the climate change, adaptation, and resilience planning that is done globally.

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#ClimateAction 2019 @Gullah/Geechee

While the United Nations Climate Action Summit served to be a series of speeches which spoke of plans and not concrete outcomes of actions taken to combat climate change, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) joined the thousands of people around the world that stood firm on actual action steps.

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De Wata and De Gullah/Geechee: A Global Journey of Healing for Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee

As the world gears up for the celebration of World Oceans Day, the people of Korea welcomed the United Nations Communities of Ocean Action delegation to their first meeting which was held on the day that they celebrated the ocean. Among the invited speakers for this historic gathering was Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.c0m) who gave a powerful presentation concerning the actions that the Gullah/Geechee Nation is taking in regard to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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De Wata de Rise: World Water Monitoring Day een de Gullah/Geechee Nation

“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. 

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Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands Tour Takes Queen Quet to Global Climate Action Summit for Climate Heritage Mobilization

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.

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Contributing to the #GullahGeechee Culture for the Future

The achieving of the fundraising goals for these projects will assist the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation with continuing the daily work that is done.  This work exemplifies the Black Philanthropy Month theme for 2018 “For the Culture For the Future.”

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