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Celebrate World Ocean Day 2021 while Advancing Climate and Ocean Action Through Art, Education and Outreach

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com), Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) and Founding Member and Secretary of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association (www.GullahGeecheeFishing.net) will join partners of the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification in celebrating World Ocean Day via a virtual panel discussion.

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De Wata Bring we: World Water Day @GullahGeechee

This year’s World Water Day, with the theme “Valuing Water”, asks: What does water mean to me? Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) takes listeners of Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio on a journey through her response via “De Wata Bring We: World Water Day @GullahGeechee.” Tune een fa yeddi.

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Gullah/Geechee pun de International Day of de Mudda Language

From April 1, 1999 when I first entered the United Nations to July 2, 2000, native Gullah/Geechees exercised their right to self-determination by doing a one year long election to have me as de Head pun de Bodee of de Gullah/Geechee Nation. I bin too gladdee fa see how e stand by mi and push mi fa gwine on crakin mi teet fa allawe ebeewhey. Yet, in the midst of my numerous journeys around the world to represent my people, I was not made aware that the beginning of International Mother Language Day took place only months after I made world history by sitting in the honored circle of the United Nations and speaking in a language that is not a “major language of the world.” The cheers that I received by doing this made it clear that it was a significant thing that I had been led to do and many told me to never stop. I listened and like the students in Pakistan, I was willing to die for the cause of holding on to a major aspect of my culture in order to honor my ancestors and my elders who were degraded because they were blessed to be bilingual and were strong enough not to assimilate.

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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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