Why Dee Kyne Walks Thousands of Miles to Protect the Earth
Interview with Earth Activist Dee Kyne
Dee Kyne is a visionary and activist on so many levels: she quit her job in the name of raising awareness and leading other people into her vision of protecting the Earth. She advocates for a spiritual connection to the Earth, which she personally embodies by walking. But these aren’t just strolls. Her organization, One Love One Step Walking, is meant to create a deeper awareness of our relationship with the planet that houses us.
Dee has used her privilege, connections, good health, and endless passion and energy to take a stand—or better yet, a walk—for something she believes in.
Parvati Magazine: What prompted you to quit your job and start walking? Did you ever feel any trepidation?
Dee Kyne: It seemed the only thing I could do. I was good friends with the indomitablePolly Higgins, one of the key environmental lawyers working to bring in a law to End Ecocide on Earth. This game-changing law was and still is to be enshrined at the UN. As we became aligned, I was called to walk. I walked and talked over 6000 miles for a year.
For me, when the Earth called, I answered. I did, on occasion, think, “Am I mad to do this?” I left two very senior positions as a global CEO. I knew deep inside this is the only thing I must do.
Parvati Magazine: Along the way, was there something you learned that you found particularly unexpected?
Dee Kyne: That people are endlessly kind and connected. When we meet each other one on one, the mighty and the small are all extraordinary. This gives me deep hope for all of us. Hence the “awakening” times we live in. As those who are awake connect, they drop the unnecessary facades and speak and act directly with each other.
Parvati Magazine: You talk about walking as a way to be connected to the planet. Why walking in particular, as opposed to other ways of being in nature or physical activity?
Dee Kyne: I am a meditator, which is a deeply satisfying practice. But for me, walking is truly my meditation. It gives one the opportunity to not only ground and slow down, but also to feel the magnetic resonance of the Earth. Then, when meeting others, I carry this into all the connections made. The freedom of walking at a slow pace deeply impacts the way we interact with each other. I believe we meet our better selves on the road.
Parvati Magazine: What is Ridge to Reef, and how have you helped bring awareness to this cause?
Dee Kyne: Ridge to Reef, put simply, is the connection of all things. It is the understanding that what we do on the mountaintops will, through the rivers and the rains, end up in the sea. Therefore, we have to be great stewards.
I walked with 20 local Jamaicans for six weeks around the edge of Jamaica in 2018 to put an end to single-use plastics and link the 17 fish sanctuaries monitoring the regrowth of coastal ecosystems. The outcome was the introduction of a law to end single-use plastic in Jamaica, our first big win!
Parvati Magazine: You have talked about a sense of hopelessness in Jamaica. How can people overcome hopelessness or depression about our global crisis, and be inspired to activate?
Dee Kyne: Yes, often the very best of people become overwhelmed with the task ahead. In Jamaica, people in general face great difficulty making a living and having their voices heard. This is a global challenge in many emerging economies where corruption is rife, and the normal is denial and fear. Yet the people of Jamaica are some of the heartiest people I have ever met, with depths of love that they are not afraid to show and share. The trick is to never give up and to keep building the bonds so that people can feel the importance of their small actions.
Parvati Magazine: What are you interested in pursuing next?
Dee Kyne: More walks next year. We will have an “end ecocide” walk in Portugal, and we will open the One Love One Step Pilgrimage (long-distance trail) for equal rights and justice in Jamaica. I am always in exploration. I stand beside the mission to create MAPS and share this tirelessly.
Life is such a grand exploration. I only hope I have enough of this one to keep following my passions and living to my highest excitement.
VisionaryDee Kyneis an award-winning serial social entrepreneur who has worked throughout the world in a number of sectors at leadership levels, including health, the environment, and the arts. Dee became an Earth Rights Walker four years ago and has walked 6000 miles to support a law to end “ecocide.”