Articles from the 2013 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite Panel "Dire Gyre: Is the Problem of Ocean Plastic Pollution Insoluble?
by Angela T. Howe, Leila Monroe, Steven Moore, and Saskia Van Gendt
[Editor’s Note: At the 2013 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite hosted by the State Bar of California Environmental Law Section, one panel addressed the topic of plastic litter and debris in the world’s oceans. The panel was entitled "Dire Gyre: Is the Problem of Oceanic Plastic Pollution Insoluble?" and was moderated by Angela T. Howe of the Surfrider Foundation, with panelists Leila Monroe of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Steven Moore of the State Water Resources Control Board, and Saskia Van Gendt of Method Products, PBC. The panel explored the existing laws and regulations designed to curtail the flow of trash into oceans as well as the opportunities and controversies over proposed solutions. Panelists discussed recent efforts at the California Legislature to more meaningfully address marine debris and the work of governmental agencies at the local, state, regional, and international levels to tackle this complex global issue. The following articles were written by the panelists following the conference, succinctly addressing the comments made during their panel presentations.]