Shake It Up
A multimillionaire entrepreneur who styles himself Dr Earth claims to have found the answer to the planet’s environmental problems – to dance.
Andrew Charalambous, a 35-year-old property developer, said Club Surya, which opened its doors in King’s Cross, London, this week, was the “world’s first ecological nightclub.” The technology that will save the world is a hi-tech dancefloor which generates electricity from the movement of dancers. Other features include waterless urinals, a wind turbine and solar panels. Club4Climate, which runs the club, runs “all you have to do is dance to save the world” as its tagline.
Charalambous, who has spent £1m converting the club, said: “The dancefloor can generate around 60% of our electricity. We also have tables made of magazines, walls made of old mobiles and CDs – it’s pretty wacky. The waterless urinals will save around 90 gallons of water and we harvest rainwater. We’re the first business to donate excess electricity.
“So far the green movement has been working on the basis of don’t fly, don’t drive. It doesn’t work. We had two people who came to the opening who flew in from Brazil. I’m not going to tell them not to fly. It’s the new realism. At the end of the day they’re going to take that message back to millions. It’s about a billion people making small differences. I’m all for flying and driving.”
But not everyone in the green movement is on board. Ruth Ruderham, head of fundraising for Friends of the Earth, said: “Club4Climate’s activities are not compatible with Friends of the Earth’s work to promote low carbon living, so we are concerned to see the company has used our logo without our permission and we will not be accepting any donations from them.”