Guide To Your Walk for Earth
Thank you for joining us with your own Walk for Earth!
Here’s a guide to each step.
Step 1: Choose your walk route and decide about fundraising
Step 2: Take a photo while on your walk
Step 3: Write your email or letter to your MP – or tag them with a post about your walk on your social media.
In the ‘Find your MP’ section in ‘How to Join Walk for Earth’ on our website, enter your postcode in the box to find your MP and their contact details.
If you’re writing a letter, feel free to use our sample text as a starting point and add details about your walk. You can include a printed copy of your walk photo.
If you’re sending an email, you can copy and paste then adapt our sample text, and fill in the details about your own walk. You could use a URL link to your walk photo. Just remember not to attach any image files or your email will be filtered out of your MP’s inbox.
If you use social media, please post about your walk on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook! It’s very easy to tag your MP (all explained in ‘Tips on Social Posting’). Use hashtags for Walk for Earth (#WalkforEarthUK) and Stop Ecocide (#ecocidelaw) when you post. Say why doing this walk was important to you. If you get a response, you could share that on your social and tag us too: it helps to raise awareness.
Not confident with social media? See our ‘Tips on using social media’ under ‘How to Join’ on our website.
We’d love to know how you get on – let us know with the feedback form under ‘How to Join’ on this website.
Sample message to your MP
- at the beginning of the sample text below, we’ve indicated [in red] for you to add details about your walk and why an ecocide law matters to you. If you’re You’ll need to add the URL link to your image in the space indicated.
Sample text – to copy and paste into your message to your MP, or use as a starting point for a posted letter
I am writing to ask what your views are on ecocide law, and to ask what you might be able to do to encourage the government to express public support for it.
I recently did a local ‘Walk for Earth’ to help raise awareness about ecocide law [add details about your walk – from and to, how many miles, any personal context].
As you may know, ‘ecocide’ was defined by a diverse independent panel of jurists and legal experts – convened by Stop Ecocide International and chaired by Philippe Sands QC – in June 2021 as “unlawful or wanton acts” committed “with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and either widespread or longterm damage to the environment being caused by those acts”.
Here is the succint legal definition the panel drew up: https://tinyurl.com/2ksfvdhe
In its 2023 summary report the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that “There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all” and that “The choices and actions implemented in this decade will have impacts now and for thousands of years”. 
I did my ‘Walk for Earth’ because [say why an ecocide law matters to you. You could include your feelings about the current and future impacts of climate change and ecosystem damage in your locality, region, country; the impact on homes, families, children, livelihoods].
[Add your URL link, or include a printed copy if you’re posting a letter. You could mention any interesting features of the ecology in your local area, and say if there’s anything that inspired you in the natural world as you walked. Has that been affected by ecosystem damage over the years? Is it likely to be in the future?].
Treaties, agreements and civil lawsuits have failed to prevent the mass damage and destruction of our life-supporting ecosystems. Amending the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to include ecocide as a fifth international crime could provide an effective deterrent for those in positions of responsibility, enforceable within existing criminal justice systems.
Elected officials in at least 20 countries have already spoken up in support of ecocide law, and their support is echoed by diverse groups from youth activists to the International Corporate Governance Network.
In this time of climate and ecological emergency, it is important to me to know whether you, as my MP, are willing to encourage the government to publicly express its support for a new law of ecocide. Can you play an active part in generating the hope that me and my family need to engage with the challenges ahead, by doing what you can to progress this?
I would also like to request feedback on how the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister for the Environment, and the Minister of Justice might contribute to the UK government publicly declaring support for an ecocide amendment. Does the Minister of Justice intend to further the progress of ecocide law in domestic legislation?
Please can you pass my request to the to the Minister of Justice, Minister for the Environment [add their name], Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister [add their name].
Please would you kindly confirm in writing that you have done this on my behalf, and forward any replies from the above Ministers.
I would be very grateful to hear back from you.
Thank you for your hard work and care.
Sincerely [your name]
[Your full address – you must include it for your communication to be effective, even if you’re sending an email].
Adapt the text to your needs:
I’m joining forces with ‘Walk for Earth’ to do my own fundraising walk in support of Stop Ecocide. They’re working towards an international ‘ecocide law’ to make the large-scale destruction of the living world illegal. I’m also encouraging my MP to ask the UK government to express support for ecocide law.
Will you kindly sponsor me to walk [add the details of your walk, location and distance, dates and who else you are walking with, if relevant]?
All levels of donation are perfect, and no amount is too small. If you want to donate, it will help me if you say how much you give, so I can track what I’ve raised through my efforts. You will stay anonymous and none of your details will be used.
Here’s the link to use: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/19962#!/DonationDetails
Stop Ecocide International is the driving force behind the growing global movement to make ecocide an international crime. In this work they collaborate with diplomats, lawyers, corporate leaders, NGOs, indigenous and faith groups, influencers, academic experts, grassroots campaigns and individuals.
An ecocide law would provide a much-needed deterrent to the continuing extraction and use of fossil fuels, providing a legal framework for the move towards the decarbonised economy we urgently need. It would put a duty of care for the Earth at the centre of international moral values.
Thank you so much for your support.