Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, April 19, 2022

Contact:

Sarah Baillie, (520) 345-5708, SBaillie@biologicaldiversity.org

15,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Given Away for Earth Day

Conservation-Themed Condoms Highlight How Safe Sex Saves Wildlife

TUCSON, Ariz.— More than 140 volunteers will give away 15,000 free Endangered Species Condoms from the Center for Biological Diversity in time for Earth Day on Friday. The condoms will be given away at Earth Day events and on college campuses across the country.

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.”

“On Earth Day, everyone is interested in learning what they can do to save the planet,” 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.”

Endangered Species Condoms will be distributed at dozens of campuses, including Butler University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Texas A&M University, Troy University, West Virginia University, Arkansas State University, University of Vermont, Daemen University, Pacific Lutheran University and San Diego Miramar College.

Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the global population has more than doubled from 3.7 billion people to 7.8 billion, while wildlife populations have fallen by 68%. The United Nations predicts that the global population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion by 2100.

Scientists agree that the planet is currently in the midst of its 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 the extinction crisis,” said Baillie. “But we can’t tackle the problem until we can talk openly about it. Endangered Species Condoms are great conversation starters and putting them to use this Earth Day is more fun and effective than a litter pickup.”

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 commonsense solutions like access to family planning and reproductive health services, as well as education, opportunity and equal rights for women and girls.

Endangered Species Condoms
Endangered species condoms. Art by Shawn DiCriscio. Package design by Lori Lieber. Image is available for media use.

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.

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