Friends of the Earth Action mourns the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last night.

Erich Pica, President of Friends of the Earth Action, issued the following statement in response:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a fearless fighter for justice for people and the planet. We are devastated by this loss and join millions of Americans in mourning her passing. Justice Ginsburg changed the world for American women, taking on the patriarchy and helping open opportunities for generations to come. Justice Ginsburg fought to protect wild spaces and hold polluting corporations accountable. In 2000 she wrote the majority opinion in Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw, ruling that individual citizens have the right to sue corporations for their environmental destruction. Without Justice Ginsburg’s Laidlaw decision our water would be more polluted, our air would be dirtier, and more wild places would have been developed.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish must be respected. Any nomination from the Trump Administration would be illegitimate and must be stopped. We will take to the streets and the halls of Congress to stop McConnell from pushing a nominee through. We must all be prepared to fight. The fate of our democracy, our rights and our planet are at stake.

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