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Laura Sibert

Tulane students took to the streets Sunday – along with othergroups around the world – to raise awareness about harmful levelsof carbon emissions.

The Green Club organized the event, called Second Line forSustainability.

Accompanied by a second-line brass band, the group paradedthrough the Tulane campus and nearby streets waving signs, chantingand dancing.

Moving Planet, a project by www.350.org, inspired the world-wideevents. At Tulane, it marked the first event of the year for theGreen Club. Moving Planet raises awareness about fossil fuels andpromotes walking and bicycling instead of driving. Peopleparticipating in 2,000 events in more than 175 countries marched orbiked in support of Moving Planet.

“The planet has been stuck for too long with governments doingnothing about the biggest problem we’ve ever faced,” www.350.orgfounder Bill McKibben said in a press release on the organization’swebsite. “This is the day when people will get the earth moving,rolling towards the solutions we need.”

As Tulane students showed their support for 350.org at Tulane,people in countries around the world expressed their concern forclimate change in other ways. In Australia, hundreds flew kitesdecorated with climate change messages, while Egyptians dressed inall blue to create a human Nile, and Parisians created a humanwindmill next to the Eiffel Tower.

“We’re just getting together to inform people and hopefullystart a movement,” Green Club board member Adam Bauer said.

The message of the movement was “350.” This number, and the nameof the organization, is the agreed-upon limit scientifically of theamount of CO2 in parts per million that the atmosphere can safelysustain. Currently, the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphereeach year is 391 parts per million.

“Greenhouse emissions are an important issue,” said senior BrettLevin, who attended the event. “We need to realize that we aregoing to shift off of petroleum one way or another, so we might aswell lead the shift.”

The parade marched down Willow, Broadway and Calhoun streets andSt. Charles Avenue, and featured a brass band and police escorts.More than 50 people participated in Second Line for Sustainabilityby dancing, holding signs, or chanting the mantra “Three-nine-one.That’s no fun. Three-five-oh. That’s the way to go.”