Walking to celebrate and discover the abundant ecology, meet and hear the stories from a people that created a nation with a philosophy of ‘Out of Many One People’ and ‘One Love’. To also explore the creativity of this extraordinary Island. Jamaica’s journey from slavery and economic exploitation has created a resilient and resourceful people, many of whom are notable on the world stage but now the Jamaican people face one of their biggest challenges yet -‐ Climate Change
The Jamaican leg Earthrightswalker walk so far… The walk so far has taken me through Spain, on The Camino to Santiago de Compostela a sacred and ancient pilgrimage then to Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands and Cuba see… www.earthrightswalker.org and www.endecocide.com a journey walking 3500km plus trains planes and automobiles….
WHY…people all over the world are working for change Mother Earth suffers from the modern globalised industrialised society, resulting mass extinction of species and climate change endangering the survival of future generations. To maintain biodiversity and future generations’ health, we need a new definition of wellbeing and prosperity for all life under the limits and in recognition of the Rights of Nature. And it requires an international legal framework to protect those rights from greed and natural exploitation. To that end we must protect ecosystems by creating a legal and moral framework to prevent and outlaw ecocide, the extensive destruction or damage of ecosystems.
• Promote the establishment of a legal system of environmental justice at national and international level.
• Empower citizens to take responsibility in the democratic process, to protect the Earth, our Home.
• Reconnect society with all cycles of life through developing a culture of sustainability.
There is a special quality to the nature of Jamaica, which is unique within the Caribbean, a small Island with enormous biodiversity. Many endemic creatures live on the Island and anything grows in the rich and diverse soils. This needs recognition, consideration and then action to protect it from exploitation. Jamaica was once built on a foundation of ONE LOVE -‐ BUT has this now become nothing more than a brand? We want to explore this through walk, talk and stories, capturing the true currency of Jamaica.
I believe that the future success of this BIG, little Island is rooted in the ‘green gold’ that is Jamaica’s heritage. Many specialized herbs with healing and medicinal properties grow easily and abundantly here; including Ganja, Ginger, Noni, Okra and Moringa . Some of the world’s finest Cocoa can also be found in Jamaica, with the country presently set to revitalize its Cocoa industry one small farmer at a time.
The new Front-‐line – Jamaica is one of 40 countries facing the greatest impact from Climate Change -‐United Nations (UNU-‐EHS)
We will raise awareness of the issues of climate change, habitat degradation and human interaction with the environment, with the hope to reinforce the need for a law to end ecocide and mitigate against these critical issues; the effect of which are felt by so many emerging economies and small island states and whose delicate ecosystems often lie in the balance. We will be discussing and demonstrating new opportunities and solutions that are presented in the face of such adversity.
We will walk to communities and share our skills, gather stories, spend the night and feel the pulse of this nation. We will film this journey and we will share this film and gathered knowledge with all who we meet.
We want schools, university students, community organizations, churches and all members of society to join us. We invite people from other parts of the world to support us and walk with us, here or there. Walk for a few days or the whole three weeks! We plan to stay amongst communities in community centers, churches and schools. Sharing our skills, gathering tales and understanding this beautiful Island.
Sponsorship is requested for
• Food, water
• Walking boots
• Ruck sacks, first aid
• Bedding. Sleep places
• A Sherpa to take bags and injuries by car or truck to next place on route
• General walking kit
We will walk from The Light House, St Thomas to Negril in Westmorland. Please contact:-‐ Dee Kyne at firstname.lastname@example.org
January Saturday 31st 2015
Details to follow…