In honor of the 44th Earth Day celebration, the Center for Biological Diversity (U.S.) is distributing 44,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country. The condoms will be given away next week by more than 500 volunteers in all 50 states and at dozens of Earth Day events on college campuses nationwide and in major cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans. Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22.
“Earth Day was originally about the impact of our growing human population on the planet and other species,” said Taralynn Reynolds, population and sustainability organizer at the Center. “Since the first Earth Day in 1970, we’ve nearly doubled our population and are pushing other species to extinction at unprecedented rates. We can’t wait another 44 years to start talking about population again.”
The Center’s campaign promotes a range of solutions, including universal access to birth control and family planning, as well as education and empowerment of women and girls. In 2013 the Center expanded its population program to encompass overconsumption and sustainability — including the recently released Earth-friendly Diet campaign, which urges people to “take extinction off their plates” and save wildlife by eating less meat. The Center is the only environmental organization with a full-time campaign dedicated to addressing rampant human population growth and overconsumption and their link to the current extinction crisis.
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