TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will send 1,400 free Endangered Species Condoms to 12 college and university campuses across California in recognition of World Contraception Day on Sept. 26.
“The condoms are great back-to-school conversation starters that help students make the connection between human population growth and the wildlife extinction crisis,” said Sarah Baillie, population and sustainability organizer at the Center. “Ensuring people have free and easy access to contraception is critical to protecting wildlife and wild places.”
The colorful condom packages feature species threatened by population growth and slogans like “Wrap with care, save the polar bear” and “Before it gets any hotter, think of the sea otter.”
They will be distributed by student volunteers at Chabot College, Sonoma State University, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State University, Cal State University Northridge, Chapman University and others. The condom distribution is in honor of World Contraception Day, a worldwide campaign with a mission to improve awareness of contraception and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
In the past 50 years, as the human population has more than doubled, wildlife populations have been halved. Scientists agree that we’re 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 overconsumption are worsening the extinction crisis,” said Baillie. “If we can get people talking about how safe sex saves wildlife, it’s the first step toward tackling these pressing issues.”
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.