Environmental and Climate Community Celebrate Historic Confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

Apr 7, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the historic confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court, a broad coalition of environmental, climate, and public health advocacy groups jointly celebrate the Senate’s decision.   

Below is a joint statement from: Azul, Chispa LCV, Clean Water Action, Corazón Latino, Earthjustice, Endangered Species Coalition, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace USA, Interfaith Power and Light, League of Conservation Voters, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Trust for Public Land, Waterway Advocates, and The Wilderness Society

“Today, the environmental and climate community is thrilled to commemorate the confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court. Justice Jackson’s integrity, thoughtfulness, and deep knowledge of the law will be an asset to the Court. 

“Clean air, clean water, climate action, environmental justice, and the right to vote are at stake in our judicial system right now – especially in the Supreme Court. Our laws are only as strong as the judges who uphold them. We are confident that Justice Jackson understands the government’s authority to protect the public and will hold everyone, including powerful corporate polluters, to the same high standards of the law.

“After 233 years, it is well past time for the Supreme Court to include a Black woman. This is an essential step forward, as communities of color bear disproportionate burdens of toxic air and water pollution and our nation faces the enormous challenge of addressing environmental injustices from coast to coast. 

“This is a moment to celebrate Justice Jackson’s historic confirmation and to reflect on the critical importance of the Court to the shape of climate action, environmental protections, and democracy for generations to come.”