Susie King Taylor Institute and Ecology Center: Hermina Glass-Hill | Voices of a Healthy Ocean

August 28, 2022

Don't miss the final stop in the series!

Jenna and Sarah could not think of a better person to wrap up their Voices of a Healthy Ocean tour with than the one and only Hermina Glass-Hill. The two joined Hermina for a day in Hinesville, Georgia to visit places where they could walk in Susie King Taylor's footsteps and learn more about her remarkable life. Hermina founded the Susie King Taylor Women’s Institute and Ecology Center in 2016 to honor this Gullah Geechee freedom seeker and to provide educational programming on the influence of coastal ecology in the lives of enslaved and free women. In 2019, she received the Georgia Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities for her service in preserving African American history and culture. Most recently she worked as the climate justice advocate at Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, engaging communities and educating local, state, and federal policymakers on the impact of climate change on frontline coastal communities.

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Jenna Valente & Sarah Winter Whelan

Sarah Winter Whelan and Jenna Valente run the Healthy Ocean Coalition as the Executive Director and Director of Advocacy. Together, they are driven by the reality that, for far too long, policymakers have approached the climate change and biodiversity loss crises as separate issues, leading to decisions being made in silos. As a result, far too many policies for ocean conservation and protection are not reflective of the interconnectedness of the ecosystem and its collective impact on all life on Earth. They believe collaboration is key to ensuring ocean conservation policies in the United States are informed by and reflective of the people, regions, and wildlife they should serve. They work to remove barriers that keep people from becoming ocean advocates by providing relevant and timely information, building capacity to speak out for the ocean, and highlighting opportunities to engage with policymakers. They lift the work and voices of our network members to those in power and make advocacy for change more effective and efficient.