Greenpeace USA supports the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
March 21, 2022
In response to President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Folabi Olagbaju, Greenpeace USA Democracy Campaign Director, said:
“Greenpeace USA supports the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as Justice to the U.S Supreme Court. Strong environmental laws help us achieve our much needed climate goals and prevent us from rocketing past climate thresholds, finding ourselves at a catastrophic point of no return. But, because environmental laws are only as strong as the judges who uphold them, we need fair and equity minded judges, like Judge Jackson, who understand the difference between science and politics and recognize the government’s responsibility to protect people, our health, and our planet. The fact that Judge Jackson would also make history as the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court since its inception, over 200 years ago, is not lost on me. I understand what it’s like to overcome systemic hurdles Black and Brown communities across the U.S face. That is why I am proud to acknowledge that Judge Jackson’s sterling judicial credentials and her lived experience makes her uniquely qualified for a seat on the highest court of the land.
“When big corporations release toxic pollution into the air we breathe and water we drink, people can use courts to fight back against destructive industries harming our communities. Judges, like Ketanji Brown Jackson, can help bring justice to Black and Brown communities who have suffered from pollution and dangerous contamination of water and air.
“The Supreme Court determines whether the government can take action on the most important issues of our time, from combating the climate crisis to upholding our right to clean air and water, and protecting our right to vote. Because this year, the Court is expected to decide on several important environmental cases, it is urgent for Judge Jackon to be confirmed without delay following the Senate hearing this week.”
Contact: Rocio Estrada Snowdy, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA, [email protected], (301) 592 7700
Greenpeace USA is part of a global network of independent campaigning organizations that use peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace USA is committed to transforming the country’s unjust social, environmental, and economic systems from the ground up to address the climate crisis, advance racial justice, and build an economy that puts people first. Learn more at www.greenpeace.org.