One Love One Step Walk Portugal
March - April 2020
A 700km walk through Portugal to ignite discussion about environmental threats across the country, identify local solutions and capture stories and action to contribute to the campaign to ratify ecocide in Portugal.
Ecocide is defined as ‘extensive loss or damage to, or destruction of ecosystem(s) of a given territory(ies), such that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants has been or will be severely diminished’
-Submitted to the UN Law Commission in 2010
In 2010, the proposal to amend the Rome Statute to include an international crime of Ecocide was submitted by Polly Higgins into the International Law Commission (ILC). The Rome Statute is one of the most powerful documents in the world, assigning ‘the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole’ over and above all other laws.
The inclusion of Ecocide law as international law prohibits mass damage and destruction of the Earth it’s ecosystems and, as defined above, creates a legal duty of care for all inhabitants that have been or are at risk of being significantly harmed due to Ecocide. The duty of care applies to prevent, prohibit and pre-empt both human-caused Ecocide and natural catastrophes. Where Ecocide occurs as a crime, remedy can be sought through national courts and the International Criminal Court (ICC) or a similar body.
Portugal is among the European Countries most vulnerable to extreme weather conditions and environmental degradation and faces a number of serious threats. Coastal erosion; deep sea mining; over fishing; soil acidification; desertification; intensive monoculture farming; deforestation; lithium mining; and wildfires are National threats which require an urgent political response.
The time to act is now!
One Love One Step Portugal is a 700km walk from the South to the North to redefine stories of activism and human relationship with the Earth. This is a walk based on connection to explore the necessary responses required to really establish effective climate mitigation and adaptation in Portugal. Ensuring that Portugal s a leader and focal point for climate solutions.
We will visit active ecocides, connect communities and gather the stories of Portugal. We will collect both hard and soft data during the walk to contribute to the campaign to ratify Ecocide in Portugal.
We will begin in March 2020 and expect to walk for 2 months.
Our previous One Love One Step Walks across Europe and the Caribbean have successfully demonstrated the power of putting one’s feet on the Earth – or walking with intention. We have contributed to and changed laws in Jamaica.
We need you! This is a peoples movement. We need partners, allies, hosts and walkers.
If you are interested in joining the walk, would like to host us or suggest a site/organisation/community/event to visit, please get in contact with us!
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