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Environmentalists go naked to strip Brighton beach of rubbish

On Sunday 18th September, twenty-five Brighton environmentalists removed their clothes in order to clear as much marine debris and litter as possible from Black Rock Beach in Brighton. Organised by the World Cetacean Alliance and The Brighton Naked Bike Ride, the event promoted the problem of marine pollution on British beaches by aiming to get into the Guinness World Records as the largest “naked beach clean in the world”.

Event co-organiser, Russell Arnott  said, “It was a great day; the sun was shining, the sea was like a millpond and everyone that took part did so with passion in their hearts and a smile on their face! While we’re still analysing the data, as suspected we found loads of bottle lids, wet wipes, straws and pieces of fishing net.”

Nick Sayers (organiser of Brighton Naked Bike Ride) stated, “it really was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. But this event has kicked started something; we’re definitely going to try to run this every year.

The event was organised to coincide with the Marine Conservation Society’s GREAT BRITISH BEACH CLEAN weekend, Strip The Beach saw a total of 9 bags of rubbish removed from beach totalling 45 kilograms .

The debris was sorted and logged in order to accumulate data about marine litter around the UK.

The event organisers would like to thank Cass and Mark from Brighton and Hove Council: City Clean for providing bags, gloves and litter pickers for the event.

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