Today marks the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committeeâ€™s hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh â€” just two months before the midterm elections. Judge Kavanaughâ€™s nomination raises questions about the future of U.S. constitutional law and social justice in America, particularly for environmental regulation.
Why does Judge Kavanaughâ€™s record on environmental issues matter to the fashion industry? The fashion industry is one of the top polluters in the worldâ€”with water stress and pollution, toxic chemical use and textile waste. But the industry is now playing a larger role in cultivating a more sustainable culture through sourcing, manufacturing and conservation.
Judge Kavanaughâ€™s record on environmental issues indicates that he would threaten fashionâ€™s progress in sustainability. Kavanaugh has served on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006Â Â â€” where he has argued that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should not deal with global warming. Judge Kavanaugh does believe climate change is real, despite his votes against EPAâ€™s authority to regulate in this area. Read more on Judge Kavanaugh and his environmental record here.