"There was a force in the courtroom... We all walked out of court with a tremendous feeling that something powerful had occurred."
(Heather Stroud, Conscientious Protector)
Our non-profit organisation Ecological Defence Integrity ran this small training programme in the UK during 2018. It was designed for signatories to the Earth Protectors Trust Fund who are taking peaceful action as Conscientious Protectors, standing up to protect the Earth and their communities from dangerous industrial activity and wishing to represent themselves in a court of law by seeking reliance on their human right to freedom of conscience*.
Please note that we are no longer running these sessions in person, but you can watch a training talk here (this one focuses on Extinction Rebellion and climate breakdown but activists have used the approach for other issues such as fracking). If you are an Earth Protector with a court hearing date approaching and you have specific questions, feel free to contact us.
* Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Conscientious protectors on the frontline can consult our Sentencing Guide (UK) - a schedule of offences protectors are frequently charged with in the UK and what they imply.