The Center for Biological Diversity plans to celebrate Earth Day by asking people to think about saving the planet through safe sex — and giving out condoms.
The center is distributing 25,000 free Endangered Species Condoms nationwide for Earth Day to highlight the connection between reproductive rights and the wildlife extinction crisis, according to a news release.
The condoms will be given away by 300 volunteers at Earth Day events, rallies and on college campuses.
From CBD: With human population continuing to grow at a rate of about 227,000 people per day, driving habitat loss and competition for natural resources, ensuring that people only have children if and when they’re ready is a critical part of protecting wildlife. But the United States has the highest fertility rate of any industrialized nation, and nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended.
“The real heart of the issue is that Americans, women especially, don’t have access to contraception or family planning tools they want or need to make decisions about their reproductive futures. While the rate of unintended pregnancy has recently dropped in the United States, it’s still incredibly high,” said Leigh Moyer, the center’s population organizer. “Right now it seems like lawmakers are doing everything they can to restrict reproductive healthcare. If we want to have healthy human — and wildlife — families we need to protect and expand access to reproductive healthcare for everyone.”
The United States scored a D+ overall on reproductive rights, according to the Population Institute’s 2015 Reproductive Health and Rights Report Card.
That’s down from a C last year, due to an “extremely hostile” atmosphere around reproductive health and rights, a teen pregnancy rate higher than any other developed country and a wave of funding cuts and restrictive policies.
The center’s Endangered Species Condoms were created to raise awareness about the effect of human population growth on wildlife species and are wrapped in colorful packages featuring six different endangered species and information about the impact of runaway human population growth on polar bears, monarch butterflies and other imperiled wildlife.
The center has given away 650,000 of the free condoms since 2009.
The center is also launching a new video series on YouTube and Facebook where staff have frank discussions about how most environmental catastrophes, including the extinction crisis, are driven by human population growth and overconsumption.