Global leaders have gathered in Madrid, Spain for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) to take the next crucial steps in the climate change process. The conference took place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and was held with logistical support from the Government of Spain.
Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of COP25 said, “This year, we have seen accelerating climate change impacts, including increased droughts, storms and heat waves, with dire consequences for poverty eradication, human health, migration and inequality.” She went on to say, “The world’s small window of opportunity to address climate change is closing rapidly. We must urgently deploy all the tools of multilateral cooperation to make COP25 the launchpad for more climate ambition to put the world on a transformational path towards low carbon and resilience.”
Chieftess of the Gullah Geechee Nation Queen Quet Marquetta Goodwine was among global leaders that have answered the call to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and to be part of the climate action. She made interventions throughout the first week of COP25 with a specific focus on ensuring cultural heritage is not left out of the climate change, adaptation and resilience planning taking place globally.
Her presentations were covered by Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on0E-7GwoDU covers her presentation on “The Power of Culture, Nature, and Community” and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xobOY3BO48 is part of the introduction of the action plan for the new “Climate Heritage Network.”
Queen Quet was one of the presenters for Climate Heritage Mobilization during the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018, which led to the launch of the new network in Scotland last month. As part of the “Healin de Land World Tour,” Queen Quet was in the United Kingdom for the launch and presented for the United Nations at the Ocean Action Conference in Korea in 2019.
COP25 closes out Queen Quet’s international journeys for the year, but does not close out her climate action work to protect the Gullah Geechee Nation’s coastal environment in order to insure the continuation of Gullah Geechee culture there.
Just as the global audiences applauded Queen Quet’s interventions and presentations, citizens of the Gullah Geechee Nation applaud her leadership, which is sending out ripples of progress from around the world.
For more information on Queen Quet’s presentations, click here.