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Living Resiliency: A Cultural Environmental Circle from the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee
This session will teach how the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank uses traditional cultural heritage from the Gullah/Geechee Nation's Sea Islands to increase community capacity in environmental adaptation and sustainability. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and a Founding Member of the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association will engage the audience in a multi-media histo-musical presentation. She will be joined by Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank members, Dr. Kate Driscoll Derickson of the University of Minnesota who will present on approaches to engaging diverse communities to produce academic research that speak to their needs and priorities; Dan Rizza from Climate Central, who will show how Climate Central's new web tools benefit coastal communities; and Kate Cell of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has completed studies within the Gullah/Geechee Nation on the effects of sea level rise in that region. Dan Rizza will illustrate these impacts via new tools that show the risk posed to coastal areas populations, and infrastructure. Many have been calculating the economic impacts that take place regarding the built environment as climate change intensifies. UCS has new findings and tools related to extreme heat which projects that without strong action on climate change, nearly all communities across the conterminous United States will experience dramatic increases in days with extreme and dangerous heat as the century unfolds. This presentation will share the UCS findings and their implications for human health and well-being, and will demonstrate mapping and communications tools that people from all walks of life can use to advocate for a better, healthier future.
This session builds on examples of how the citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation use these tools to help them in their efforts to sustain their culture in the face of these environmental impacts. Attendees will be part of a tools café in which they can see how these tools may be used in their own communities. So, by the end of the session, the circle of knowledge would be expanded among all of the participants.
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