Great British Beach Clean

U.S. Embassy London participated in the Great British Beach Clean, held from September 18-21 and organized by the Marine Conservation Society.

So far, MCS reports that six tonnes of rubbish was surveyed and collected at 107 beaches. The Great British Beach Clean raises awareness about the effect pollution can have on beaches and marine wildlife. Litter on beaches is a global problem that can be dangerous for local wildlife and can negatively impact fishing and tourism. Countries around the world recognize the importance of clean, safe beaches, and the threat that marine pollution poses to our oceans.

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Secretary Kerry hosted the first Our Ocean conference in 2014, and the second will take place October 5-6, 2015 in Chile before returning to Washington DC in 2016.

That’s why volunteers from Embassy London spent Monday, September 21 at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve in Sussex with local volunteers, surveying and collecting beach rubbish that included everything from wet wipes and plastic debris to fishing nets and line, to pieces of metal and glass.

If you are interested in joining an existing beach clean event or creating your own, please click here.