Naked cyclists ride through Toronto in annual demonstration calling for action on climate change

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Buck naked cyclists took to the streets on Sunday to expose the dangers of climate change, as part of the 2019 World Naked Bike Ride.  

According to the World Naked Bike Ride website, 70 cities in 20 countries hold WNBR-affiliated events for those passionate about baring it all when it comes to the environment.

Sunday’s riders were all located in the Northern Hemisphere, while the official events were held in March in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Video shows Earth enthusiasts riding high on their love of Mother Nature through the streets of Toronto, as bicyclers in the buff were photographed in Mexico City, Chicago, California and Brighton, England, to name just a few places where official events were held. 

In a perfectly timed announcement, a senior government official with the Canadian government said late on Sunday that plans to ban single-use plastics could be set in motion as early as 2021.

Though most of the environmentalists wore little more than helmets and protective eye wear, some accessorized to show off their personalities in addition to showing skin.

Some riders donned capes while other wore top hats and inflatable wings strapped to their backs. 

Others still painted their bodies with colorful markings, with one person using her back as a canvas to draw attention to the #MeToo movement, writing the phrase amid purple swirls.

Despite being willing to bare it all to show their support for the environment, a few people proved to be on the shy side.

Those who wanted to be more discrete wore masks concealing their faces, with some depicting the flag of Canada.

One older man enjoyed riding with a towel draped over his shoulders and a fedora on his head. His bike was also adorned with a sign that said ‘be nice’ on his back tire. 

In the United States, rides were held in major US cities including Chicago and California.

One man in Chicago painted his back with the words, ‘low emission vehicle,’ and an arrow pointing down.

One rider in San Francisco showed off a palm tree painted on his chest, while also sharing a snap of a friend with an image meant to look like the state’s flag, including a bear and the words ‘California Republic’ on his skin.

In Mexico City, Mexico, body paints and masks where a major theme of the World Naked Bike Ride event.  

Some people drew on their chests, while others opted for full body paint, which was still sheer enough to see through.

One man’s incredibly elaborate look included colorful dots all over his face, reminiscent of a skull.

Another rider was spotted wearing a mask portraying the likeness of US President Donald Trump, and nothing else.  

A man was also spotted riding with a surgical mask over his nose and mouth, though it wasn’t clear whether he wanted to fend of germs or dust, or conceal his identity. 

Truly an inclusive event, some partaking were pictured wearing clothes, though they were definitely in the minority.

And even though most were biking with their private parts on full display, proper footwear, socks and knee pads were often worn by the riders.  

In the coastal city of Brighton, riders participated to call attention to the power of the human body and how it can be used as a source of clean energy in terms of powering transportation.

It was the 14th anniversary of the event being held in the United Kingdom location. 

The riders also wanted to highlight the vulnerability cyclists find themselves in while on the road, competing for space with motorized vehicles. 

Cyclists biked through Brighton town center and followed the route along the seafront to Hove before finishing at Brighton naturist beach for a picnic.

Local law enforcement joined in the fun in an official capacity, with over two dozen uniformed officers on bikes and in vehicles helping guide the cyclists safely along the bike route. 

The European Union parliament overwhelmingly voted in March to impose a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution from discarded items that end up in waterways and fields. 

EU member states have given their support but need to vote on the measure for it to go into effect.

The EU’s measure would affect a range of plastic products for which reasonable alternatives exist, from straws to earbuds, starting in 2021.

Disposable utensils would not be completely off-limits, but the EU measure calls for them to be made of sustainable materials when possible. The approved EU legislation also sets a goal of having plastic bottles 90 percent recycled by 2025 and to cut litter from the 10 items that turn up in oceans most often in half.

The EU estimated the changes will cost the bloc’s economy 259 million euros to 695 million euros ($291 million to $781 million)  

The European Parliament has said that plastics production is 20 times higher now than during the 1960s. China’s decision to no longer import some of the EU’s waste helped spur the plastics ban.

China banned the import of plastic waste last year, causing other Southeast Asian nations to become new destinations.

The Philippines, one of two Southeast Asian countries that protested being treated like dumpsites by wealthier nations, shipped 69 containers of what its officials called illegally transported garbage back to Canada in May. 

In the US, Seattle became the first major city to ban the use of single-use plastic straws and utensils in June of 2018.

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