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Monday, March 18, 2013

Earth Fest!

The earth is worth celebrating, and this Saturday we did just that. Earth Fest is a fun way for Audubon Zoo goers, both old and young, to learn about current environmental issues and solutions. We worked at the Sierra Club's booth and children approached us to receive a stamp for their green-themed scavenger hunt. They had to answer this question: What makes oysters, crawfish, and seafood inedible? We received some silly and adorable answers like vinegar and salt, but even most young New Orleans children were quick to think of oil (the answer we were looking for is more of an umbrella term, hint: it starts with a p and rhymes with shmollution). With older kids we talked about the changes Louisiana can expect to see with rising sea level which sparked some powerful discussion about our region's future. Overall it was a really rewarding day, and getting to walk around the zoo for free in the beautiful spring weather wasn't too shabby either.

Come to our meeting this Tuesday 7:30 in Boggs 104 to learn about more volunteer opportunities. Thanks for reading!

Executive Vice President 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

No Impact Week--Event Update

Hey Everyone!

Saddly, we have to cancel the Nature Walk scheduled today.  But don't worry, you can come by for the picnic tomorrow!  We are meeting at the bell at 3, BYO-lunch, puppy, frisbie, friends, etc.

For Saturday, we are adding another volunteer/hang out option.  The zoo is hosting Earth Fest and we have the chance to volunteer with Sierra Club there.  If you're interested check out the facebook page.  Also the fest will be super fun and everyone is welcome to just come and hang out at the zoo!

Home everyone is doing good with your lists!

  VP of Education and Campus Affairs

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

No Impact Week!

Hey Everyone!
            This Sunday is the kick-off of Green Club's Annual No Impact Week!  Based off of the movie No Impact Man, No Impact Week is a week-long environmental challenge with the a goal of having as small of a carbon footprint as possible. Its the time to go extreme and in the end hopefully you'll learn that a few changes in your daily routine have no impact on your quality of life, but a huge one on the quality of the environment.  To make this already sweet week even better, we're hosting an event nearly everyday!
They are:
Sunday- Start Your List!
             Monday 8PM, Jones 102-Screening of “No Impact Man”
             Tuesday 7:30PM, Leadership Lounge- Shirt Silk-Screening and BOSS Upcycling
             Wednesday 7:30PM, Hebert 210- Green Panel, come talk to Eco-Professionals
             Thursday 4PM- Guided Nature Walk
             Friday 3PM- Picnic in the Park
             Saturday- Volunteer with Green Light New Orleans

Here is a copy of the pledge:

No Impact Week

1.     Name
2.     Tulane Email
3.     Challenge Yourself! What will you try to do this week?
            (The more you do the better, its only one week!)
¨  No meat
¨  No new products
¨  No “to-go” food
¨  No new printer paper
¨  Only use library computers (they are already on all day)
¨  No cars
¨  No paper towels
¨  No disposable water bottles
¨  Only short shower (try turning off the water why you shampoo!)
¨  No wasted food; clean plate club
¨  Compost your scraps
¨  No lights during the day
¨  No machine drying- hang your clothes up to dry
¨  No running water while brushing your teeth
¨  No chemical cleaners
¨  No plastic bags
¨  No cosmetics
¨  Unplug chargers when not in use
¨  Limit electronic use
¨  No TV
¨ Other:

You can come by the table we'll have quad side of the LBC at Thursday 12:30-2, during FAQ, Monday of No Impact Week 11-1 and 3-4 to sign-up.  Or it'd also be awesome for you to fill this out and send it to me ( or Susannah ( so we can keep up with all you no-impacters!
Get pumped! This week is going to be hard and a blast!
~Dan Coleman
  VP of Education and Campus Affairs

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

La. Coast Facing Grim Reality

The Advocate of Baton Rouge recently published "La. Coast Facing Grim Reality," an article highlighting new data that shows Louisiana's coast is far worse from sea level rise than we had originally thought. The low estimates are now 4.3 ft by the year 2100. That means the projection in this image are no longer even within the optimistic end.

In response to this article, I wrote a letter to the editor addressing the proposed Ram LLC coal export terminal to be built in Plaquemines Parish on the exact same site as a river diversion project to rebuild the coast. Here is the letter and a link to the Advocate's page

Letter: Ram coal project a reckless risk

The article “La. coast facing grim reality” republished in The Advocate highlights new data that shows that Louisiana is likely to see “the highest rate of relative sea-level rise on the planet.”
Tim Osborn, the expert quoted in the article, mentioned at Tulane’s Environmental Law Summit recently that the estimates range from 4.3 to 9.5 feet by the end of the century. Given Southeast Louisiana’s average elevation of only 3 feet, we have a lot at stake.
As of yet, we have consistently met, if not exceeded, climate scientists’ worst-case projections for sea-level rise. Louisiana must take serious action to not only adapt to rising seas from climate change, but also to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions wherever possible.
One obvious way to reduce our state’s contribution to our own destruction is for the state to reject the proposed Ram LLC coal export terminal to be built near Myrtle Grove in Plaquemines Parish. This new terminal would allow more carbon-intensive coal to be burned and its greenhouse gases to add to sea-level rise affecting Louisianans.
Even worse, it is sited on the exact spot that the state has determined is best for a river diversion project that could help rebuild coastal wetlands southeast of New Orleans. The state government is implementing its master plan for a sustainable coast to help protect us from rising seas and hurricanes.
The state government has the authority to reject the Ram coal terminal. Louisiana residents will be displaced with these rising seas, but we have the power to minimize the amount of people affected.
To put its own restoration plan at risk and flirt with dirty coal terminals at the expense of Louisianians is not only unwise, it is reckless.
Nick Stracco
Tulane University student
New Orleans

Thanks for reading.
NS ~ President, Tulane Green Club