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New Year's Eve: 10,000 Free Endangered Species Condoms to Be Given Away Ahead of Trump Presidency

Condoms Highlight Need for Reproductive Rights to Combat Wildlife Extinction, Unsustainable Human Population Growth


As Americans mark the end of 2016 and prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, the Center for Biological Diversity will distribute 10,000 free Endangered Species Condoms nationwide. At a time when concern is growing about reproductive rights under the new administration, the condoms highlight the connection between unsustainable human population growth and the wildlife extinction crisis -- and the need for universal access to reproductive healthcare and education.

"Many women are already worrying about what life under President Trump is going to mean for access to affordable birth control. It's a very real possibility that the Affordable Care Act will be gutted and contraception costs will skyrocket," said Leigh Moyer, the Center's population organizer. "Human population growth drives the majority of environmental problems, so making it harder to prevent unplanned pregnancy isn't good news for women or for wildlife."

According to new census data released in late December, the U.S. population grew to more than 323 million in 2016. Scientists agree that the planet is experiencing its sixth mass wildlife extinction. While previous extinction periods were driven by geological or cosmic factors, consensus is that the current crisis is caused by human activities. Western states such as Utah, Nevada and Idaho, as well as Florida, experienced the largest population increases in the past year -- all places where wildlife is already being crowded out by rapid sprawl and population pressure. The condoms will be handed out by more than 100 volunteers at holiday celebrations and on college campuses across the country.

"I hope to shed some light on some issues I feel are important to me, like the environment and reproductive rights," said Gusty Pohlman, a volunteer condom distributor in Terrace Park, Ohio. "I plan on distributing these condoms while at home over winter break to my family and friends."

On Monday the Center kicks off a16-city roadshow of resistance against Trump, called Earth2Trump. The free shows will feature national and local speakers, live music and an opportunity to join a growing movement of resistance to all forms of oppression and all attacks on reproductive rights and our environment.

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.

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

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