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Dance-powered eco nightclub

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Who would have thought dancing could become such a widespread force in combating global warming? After covering a Dutch dance-powered nightclub back in 2006, we wrote just the other day about the Orange Dance Charge for charging cellphones. Now, dance energy has popped up again in the form of an eco nightclub that’s slated to open next week in London. On July 10, Club4Climate, an eco group led by real-estate magnate Andrew Charalambous, will launch a new sustainable nightclub at Bar Surya in King’s Cross. In addition to using a dance floor that captures enough energy to supply 60 percent of its power needs, the club will require that all patrons sign a pledge to help fight global warming; it will also waive the GBP 10 admission fee for those who can prove they travelled there by foot, bicycle or public transport. Low-voltage lighting and recyclable materials will be used throughout the club, which will reportedly also serve organic spirits in polycarbon cups and employ a recycled-water system for flushing the toilets. Club4Climate hopes to open similar sustainable dance clubs in New York, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro, and has partnered with gap year organization Projects Abroad for the manpower to do that, according to its site. Part of Club4Climate’s profits will be donated to Friends of the Earth, though it should be noted that that connection appears to be tenuous at best: A disclaimer on the site notes that “Friends of the Earth in no way supports or endorses the activities of Club4Climate, but we’re going to give them the money anyway.” According to the Evening Standard, FoE has turned down Club4Climate’s donations in the past because it appeared to encourage international flights. Air-travel issues notwithstanding, Club4Climate’s sustainable nightclub will be well-worth watching as yet another example of the dance-powered trend. One to partner with—or emulate? Spotted by: Daily Mail via RK



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