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Gullah/Geechee Leader Takes Sea Island Climate Change to the United Nations COP22 Conference


(25 October 2016, St. Helena Island, SC, Gullah/Geechee Nation ) St. Helena Island, SC native, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the
Gullah/Geechee Nation ( ) is an environmental champion.  She was honored for her work by becoming
an ToyotaTogether Green with Audubon Fellow and since that time she has continued protecting and restoring the
environment of the Sea Islands through a series of interactive events.  As a result of the success of her project,
"Gullah/Geechee SEA & ME," Queen Quet has been invited to present before the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington,
DC and at numerous conferences around the United States including the "National Adaptation Forum" and "Keeping History
Above Water."

Queen Quet was the first Gullah/Geechee to ever speak before the United Nations to bring the human rights issues of the
Gullah/Geechee Nation before that international body.  She has since been recorded at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.  She
has now been invited to the "22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations-Framework Convention on Climate Change" in
Morocco.  Queen Quet will have the opportunity to present the details of what the Gullah/Geechee communities are faced with
in regard to protecting their culture which is on the front lines of sea level rise and climate change.  She is one of the people
that stayed on St. Helena Island through Tropical Storm Hermine and one month later through Hurricane Matthew.  She will be
able to show what she documented as a result of both of these storms and the king tides that came with the supermoon
following these storms while the Gullah/Geechee communities were in the midst of restoration.   

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has launched a GoFundMe Campaign to assist with the remainder of the travel
expenses to get Queen Quet to this historic world convention.  They want to insure that the story of cultural heritage protection
in the face of climate change on the Sea Islands is a part of these discussions.   They are asking all of those that support this
critical work to contribute to the campaign at  They have made it to the half way mark
on the fundraising effort and need to raise a minimum of $100 each day from here on in order to have all the funds in place by
the time Queen Quet needs to be flown to the event.

The Gullah/Geechee proverbs says, "De wata bring we and de wata gwine tek we bak."  However, to this Queen Quet adds,
"We hafa wok togedda fa tun bak disya tide fo mek sho de Gullah/Geechee gwine dey ya like we da binya fa 400 years."   

For more information about the on-going work that Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the
Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition are doing to protect the coast and the Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage, email or go to

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Gullah/Geechee Leader Takes Sea Island Climate Change to the United Nations COP22 Conference