For Immediate Release, February 11, 2021
Sarah Baillie, (520) 345-5708, SBaillie@biologicaldiversity.org
10,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Distributed This Valentine’s Day
Conservation-themed Condoms Highlight How Safe Sex Saves Wildlife
TUCSON, Ariz.— Ten thousand free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away across the country by the Center for Biological Diversity on Valentine’s Day to help couples consider population growth’s threat to wildlife and the planet. Distributions will occur at socially distanced events like the Valentine’s Dinner at the Oklahoma City Zoo and the adult-only Frolics of Florida at the Tallahassee Museum.
The colorful condom packages include species threatened by human population growth and slogans like “Wrap with care, save the polar bear” and “When you’re feeling tender, think about the hellbender.”
They will be distributed across the United States by nearly 100 volunteers at college campuses, health clinics, resource centers and at a handful of in-person, socially distanced events.
“The pandemic may not leave us with much to do this Valentine’s Day, but couples will still get busy,” said Sarah Baillie, population and sustainability organizer at the Center. “Every day we add 227,000 people to the planet. As our population grows, we crowd out other animals and plants. Endangered Species Condoms help people make the connection between safe sex and saving wildlife.”
In the past 50 years, as the human population has more than doubled, wildlife populations have fallen by half. The United Nations predicts that the global population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion by 2100. There are more than 7.8 billion people on the planet, with the United States ranked as the third-most populous country.
Scientists agree that we are currently in the midst of the planet’s sixth mass wildlife extinction, with more than a million species threatened in the coming decades. While previous extinction periods were driven by geological or cosmic factors, the current crisis is caused by human activity.
“Human population growth and reckless consumption are key drivers of this crisis,” said Baillie. “But we can’t tackle the problem until we can talk openly about it. Endangered Species Condoms are funny, they’re much more unusual than the typical Valentine’s Day box of chocolates, and they make great conversation starters.”
Endangered Species Condoms are wrapped in colorful packages featuring nine different endangered species and information about the pressure that human population growth puts on polar bears, monarch butterflies and other imperiled wildlife. The Center has given away more than a million free Endangered Species Condoms since 2009.
The Center’s Population and Sustainability program uses creative media to promote a range of common-sense solutions like access to family planning and reproductive health services, as well as education, opportunity and equal rights for women and girls.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.