Day 2

We have already fallen into a good rhythm. The yesterday morning took a long time to gather ourselves, but today we were up and out right on time. Good work team! Thank you Mr. Solomon for taking care of us last night and making us tea and fried dumpling to get us started in the morning. Blessings.

We were off to a great start and halfway through Dee realized her phone had fallen out of her pocket somewhere along the route. Not just a phone lost, but pictures and videos with people we have met along the way. It was going to be devastating to us all! We sent two back to retrace our steps, the rest kept walking on and two of us kept calling the phone every few minutes. Eventually the phone was found and the person who found it called us back and we got the phone back.

The amazing part of the story isn’t that the phone was found and given back. The amazing part is that this is what we expected. Jamaica often gets a bad reputation for being a violent country where you can’t trust anyone and you’d likely get robbed if you have anything nice (like the very nice Iphone that was lost). This isn’t the Jamaica that we know. The two young men who found the phone told us that when the found the phone that they thought about selling it, but decided it was the right thing to do to find the owner. This is what Jamaica is like, this is the interior of Jamaica that we are going through. We are constantly being reminded of the generosity of the people here. Thank you for that valuable reminder!

Day one

We will do our best to keep up do date on the walk everyday, but internet access will not always be available so updates may come in bundles.

January 31 – Day one

Last night we stayed at The Source Farm – a wonderful ecovillage and school.

10858509_517510901724188_702859790562593096_n Here we are in front of their sign – they also run Daughters of Indigo on site.

We woke up at 430, got ready, ate breakfast, received our blessing and took off to Morant Point just past 6. Our plan was to leave the lighthouse at 6, but it wasn’t until 3 hours later that we finally took off. 10177497_517900118351933_9114820937758285091_n

Right before we started walking.

10945869_517888081686470_2784047481270160786_o Our first few hours were on a muddy road through cane fields. We were on the lookout for stray bulls and crocodiles.

We made it in the news!

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/3-week-walk-across-Jamaica-starts-tomorrow

http://loopjamaica.com/2015/01/30/latest-jamaica-news-one-love-one-step-walk-starts/

$$$

The crowdfunder is over and we raised 3,700USD!!! Big hugs and much love to all that donated and are supporting the One Love One Step Walk! We have t-shirts and stickers being sent out shortly.

We are blessed to have so many great supporters and we almost have housing set at each stop. The Source Farm will be hosting us for the first night and will be there for our send off and Zimbali Retreats will host us when we reach the end of the island. Thanks for all the love and support!!

Reggae Marathon

Sunset in Negril

This last weekend we participated in the Reggae Marathon in Negril. Thousands of people come every year to run, walk, volunteer or  just hang out for the weekend of the Marathon and pack the tiny town of Negril. We spoke to hundreds of people about the walk while we were there and got a lot of interested followers. Thank you to all the new followers and let’s see this thing grow even more!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/one-love-one-step-walk-across-jamaica/x/9207399

The walk explained

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

• Maps

• A  Sherpa  to  take  bags  and  injuries  by  car  or  truck  to  next  place  on  route

• General  walking  kit

• Security

We  will  walk  from  The  Light  House,  St  Thomas  to  Negril  in   Westmorland.   Please  contact:-­‐  Dee  Kyne  at  earthrightswalker@gmail.com

January    Saturday    31st    2015

Details  to  follow…