Benjamin Kay is a school teacher from Santa Monica: this week he released a video documenting the disgusting waste – mostly plastic pollution – that flowed into Santa Monica Bay from the “second flush” at the start of California’s rainy...continued→
Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
Between California and Hawai’i, I grew up in a family of ocean lovers who spend much of their free time surfing, fishing and diving. I honed in on my personal connection with the sea to pursue a career in ocean protection.
I received my Bachelor of Science from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and my JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, where I focused on international and environmental law. Related to environmental protection and marine resource management, I’ve worked for: T.C. Hoffmann & Associates, Global Exchange/the Green Festivals, the Environmental Integrity Project, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of General Council for International Law. I also have experience working on international security issues with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation, the U.S. Department of Defense and related entities.
I also enjoy: running a non-profit that throws parties for social and environmental causes (Partycorps.org), surfing, hiking, biking, yoga, camping, listening to music, and dancing.
Posted October 30, 2013 by Leila Monroe
A new report released today identifies the Top-10 solutions to tackle the urgent problem of an estimated 20 million tons of plastic litter entering the ocean each year. Plastic pollution is a daunting crisis for the marine environment, one that...continued→
Since 1987, South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas, has established itself as one of the most important annual gatherings of music industry trend-setters. Recently, SXSW has expanded its model of showcasing the best and brightest...continued→
Every year since 1985, tens of thousands of Californians have joined Coastal Cleanup Day, the world’s largest volunteer effort to clean up waterways and the ocean. This year’s cleanup will take place on September 21, and you can find an...continued→
Posted August 28, 2013 by Leila Monroe
Today, NRDC’s plastic pollution team released a new report showing that California communities are spending nearly half a billion dollars annually in preventing trash from polluting the state’s beaches, rivers and ocean. The $428,000,000 spent by California’s cities and towns...continued→
I’m proud to be a Californian, and like so many of the 38 million people who call this state home, access to beautiful beaches and good waves is one of the most important parts of my life. I spend much...continued→
A Sad Day for the Oceans & Marine Life as California's Marine Plastic Pollution Bill Held in Appropriations Committee
This afternoon, members of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee stopped Assembly Bill 521 -- a groundbreaking proposal to create a statewide marine plastic pollution producer responsibility program – from moving forward in the legislature. This is a missed opportunity to...continued→
Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Bill Passes California Assembly Natural Resources Committee
Posted April 30, 2013 by Leila Monroe
Late yesterday, after a marathon hearing of the California Assembly Natural Resource Committee, Assembly Bill 521, known as the Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act, received enough “aye” votes – from committee members Chesbro, Muratsuchi, Stone, Skinner and Williams –...continued→
On April 16 we celebrate California Oceans Day, an annual event when ocean lovers and leaders from across the state come together to advocate for healthier oceans. This year, we’re focusing on solutions to the growing problem of plastic pollution...continued→
Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act Introduced by Assemblymembers Ben Hueso & Mark Stone
Experience and scientific study both reveal that plastic now pollutes the farthest reaches of the world’s oceans. From the deep seabed of the Arctic, to once-pristine coasts – from the local riverside parks to distant islands – globally, we produce...continued→
Costa Rica is often applauded for its progressive environmental policies and peaceful democracy. I know it as a Mecca of sustainable tourism and perfect surf breaks. Yet the brutal, enormously profitable shark fin trade has prospered in Costa Rica’s waters...continued→
California can lead the Nation in protecting turtles, whales, birds, and local communities from the impacts of plastic bags - call your law makers today!
One city and county at a time, millions of Californians have taken a stand to help stop plastic bags from polluting our beaches, clogging our creeks, killing marine life and burdening tax payers and local governments. Nearly one third of...continued→
It’s been a big couple of months for sharks. Last week -- in-part due to the hard work of NRDC's Chicago team -- a fifth U.S. state took a strong stand to protect sharks when Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed...continued→
What do mushrooms, tires, and soda bottles have in common? They are all being used, recycled or even upcycled through innovative programs that prevent waste from entering the environment. Despite some disappointments in the formal negotiations process, the UN Conference...continued→
Final Outcomes for Our Oceans in Rio+20 Negotiations: Protection from Plastic, Action on Ocean Acidification and Overfishing, and a Disappointing Stalemate on a High Seas Agreement
At the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, action happens on two tracks. On the “inside track”, representatives of governments meet over the course of many months to negotiate the official outcome document. Today, after grueling negotiations that lasted until...continued→
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