An Open Letter to those who signed the Lawyers Declaration of Conscience

Thank you for examining your conscience and picking a side. It takes courage to risk your career and reputation to stand up against a corrupt government and a failing justice system and we applaud you. You have done what we all must do, now, urgently, at this critical time. You have joined in civil resistance against new fossil fuels.

We face a brutal truth in that fossil fuels are the greatest threat to life on earth and that if we allow the government to continue with its plans to licence over 100 new oil and gas projects, millions more people will die. They are signing death warrants for young people, for whole populations in small island states and for the poor in the global south. It is genocidal.  As the scale of this betrayal becomes clearer, the government and the fossil fuel corporations responsible will be held to account for crimes against humanity. 

We thank all those who have signed the letter, and we urge the British judiciary to stand with them. It’s time to pick a side. You will see that there is only one side if we want to live. The other means watching everything being destroyed: your rights, freedoms and those you love, gone. You cannot be neutral – either you are actively supporting civil resistance fighting for life or you are complicit with genocide. 

The time is now. Join us and slow march while you still can. Our indefinite campaign of resistance begins on April 24th and will not end until our government ends new oil and gas.

Just Stop Oil

24 March 2023


Notes to Editors

More than 120 leading lawyers have published a “Declaration of Conscience”, refusing to act for new fossil fuel projects or to prosecute members of campaign groups opposing new fossil fuel projects, such as Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil.