Dancing Londoners demand cleaner shipping

Joyous morning rave raises UN IMO vibrations with calls for shipping to reduce its emissions by half by 2030

The happy dancing crowd were welcomed by many delegates - photo credit - Tom Sweetland

London, July 3rd:- delegates arriving for the opening day of this week’s UN IMO shipping conference were stunned to be greeted by a horde of enthusiastic dancers demanding that the shipping sector halve its climate warming emissions by 2030 - and to nearly zero by 2040.

The colourful crowd enjoyed great music played by London DJs Giles Smith (NTS) and duo Wild Sirenda (Colours of Love) amongst others and danced while holding placards and banners celebrating the oceans and calling for a reduction of pollution from shipping.

Ecohustler partnered with Samantha Moyo (Mystic Moyo), who founded London’s legendary daytime conscious rave Morning Gloryville who is also a trustee of ocean charity, City to Sea on producing the event. Sam MC’ed the event in a celebratory fashion. Sam said -

“It is the 10 year anniversary since MGV was launched in London. The mission of all our work must always be to spread joy and inspire positive action. We are delighted to be coming together at this crucial time to dance for, and celebrate, our one blue planet. Personally, I am channeling appreciation for all the work being done for climate action & ocean protection both inside the UN IMO and beyond. Together, with love, joy and peace we can do what it takes to protect our environment and our oceans and our planet. I hope that this dance supports the UN delegates who are standing for the ocean. It's really for them we are showing up."

Ecstatic facilitator and DJ Sophie Bolton dancing with a friend- photo credit - Tom Sweetland

The event - Dance 4 the Oceans - was produced by Ecohustler, an independent online magazine whose mission is to bring people unexpected, entertaining, ecological content. Matt Mellen, the founder and editor of Ecohustler said -

“We are dancing here this morning to celebrate the oceans while calling on the UN IMO to finally take action on the immense greenhouse gas emissions that come from shipping. If the 1.5 degree Paris target is going to be achieved, shipping has to halve its emissions by 2030. It’s all hands on deck this week for IMO members to put in place the big changes we need to make before it is too late. The decisions made by theIMO during this vital conference have huge implications for everyone. The emissions from shipping alone can tip us further into climate chaos. On the flip side, getting it right means a brighter future for everyone."

World Bank delegates are greeted by the unofficial dancing welcome squad - photo credit - Tom Sweetland

The IMO is meeting at its London headquarters for a historic climate summit - MEPC 80 - to determine whether and how fast global shipping will switch off fossil fuels to eliminate its contribution to climate pollution.

The last round of negotiations showed that the IMO is prepared to adopt a net zero target by or around 2050. Green NGOs, backed by climate science, argue that a 2050 decarbonisation goal alone is not enough to get shipping to do its part in achieving the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C climate-warming goal, and are calling on the IMO to halve emissions from ships by 2030, to reach near zero by 2040.

A new study by CE Delft, shows that shipping is technologically prepared to reduce its emissions by up to 47%, without impacting the costs of global trade. Halving emissions from ships would be equivalent to shutting down 121 coal power plants.

Event organisers - Miranda Davis, Sam Moyo and Matt Mellen - photo credit - Tom Sweetland\-bA0zw

The event was also supported by Dr. Bronner’s, the biggest selling organic soap company in the USA, which has had environmental activism at the heart of its company since it was created 75 years ago.

Ecstatic facilitator and DJ Sophie Bolton becomes a mermaid - photo credit - Tom Sweetland

Cliff Moss, Managing Director of Dr. Bronner’s in the UK said -

“We’re a proud supporter of Ecohustler and help fund their work through our All-One UK Initiative. Dr. Bronner’s is guided by six cosmic principles, one of which is ‘Treat the earth like home’, another is to ‘fund and fight for what’s right’. Both these principles underscore why Ecohustler is a mission aligned partner for us. As a global business, we ship our products all around the world and increasingly sell our soap in the UK and Europe. We believe clean and more sustainable shipping is possible and indeed essential to the modern economy.”

Sam Moyo raised everybody's spirits - photo credit - Tom Sweetland