It takes incredible courage to stand up against all the odds, when it looks like nothing can be done to stop dangerous industrial activity - and to do so peacefully, knowing that it can mean breaking the law as it currently stands.
We were thrilled that so many courageous Conscientious Protectors turned up to our workshop in Bristol last week to learn how to make this act of conscience effective and understood when it reaches the criminal courts.
With the UK government astonishingly attempting to make fracking a 'permitted development' (i.e. no planning permission required) we have no doubt that the number of Conscientious Protectors putting themselves in the way of this ecocidal practice is only going to increase. And with Conscientious Protectors like Helen Chuntso (in court in York again next week) and Heather Stroud paving the way, we think that courtrooms across the UK are heading for an interesting time...
Event with Treesisters this coming Tuesday
If you find yourself in or near the Cotswolds next week, come along to our joint heartstorming event with the fabulous Treesisters in our hometown of Stroud, Gloucestershire. Details and link to Facebook event:
PROTECTING LIFE ON EARTH - an evening with Mission LifeForce & Treesisters
Tuesday 18th September 7:30pm - Old Town Hall, The Shambles, Stroud GL5 1AP
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1853942728030628/
Polly wins Shackleton award
Earlier this week, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society presented Polly Higgins with their prestigious Sir Ernest Shackleton medal for leadership and citizenship. Whilst there, she was invited to speak to Strathclyde University's International Environmental Law students. She couldn't resist getting this snap before hopping on her train home... which just happened to be named the Sir Ernest Shackleton!