Today marks the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — just two months before the midterm elections. Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination raises questions about the future of U.S. constitutional law and social justice in America, particularly for environmental regulation.

Why does Judge Kavanaugh’s record on environmental issues matter to the fashion industry? The fashion industry is one of the top polluters in the world—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 Kavanaugh’s record on environmental issues indicates that he would threaten fashion’s progress in sustainability. Kavanaugh has served on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006  — 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 EPA’s authority to regulate in this area. Read more on Judge Kavanaugh and his environmental record here.

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