Thousands of condoms from endangered species will be given away on Earth Day

A conservation group is gearing up for a pretty unique way to celebrate Earth Day this week. You will be giving away thousands of condoms that feature endangered species.

Earth day is just around the corner, so millions of people around the world are gearing up to take part in activities that help protect our planet from the many threats it faces, from pollution to climate change to current mass extinction.

On the occasion of the event, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), a nonprofit conservation group, will give away thousands of conservation-themed condoms. Each will feature an endangered species and a witty tagline. For example, the condom package featuring the Monarch butterfly reads, “Fumbling in the dark? Think Monarch.” Another featuring the polar bear says: “Wrap it up carefully. Save the polar bear.”

Condoms for endangered species

Photo: Center for Biological Diversity-Shawn DiCriscio, Lori Lieber

Photos of the other condoms are also available. here.

According to the organization, the species that appear on condoms are those that are threatened by the growth of the human population. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the world population has grown substantially from 3.7 billion to 7.8 billion, while wildlife populations have experienced a whopping 68% drop.

In fact, many experts believe that we are currently seeing the sixth mass extinction. And unlike the five previous extinction events that were caused by natural events, today’s crisis is caused by human activity, including the unsustainable way we use resources, as well as our impacts on climate change. For example, a significant part of the land that harbors biodiversity has been converted for food production.

“Every day we add 227,000 people to the planet. As our population grows, we displace other animals and plants,” Sarah Baillie, an organizer for population and stability at the CBD, said in the organization’s press release.

The condoms the group will give away also include valuable information about how the human population can affect wildlife. So these condoms not only liven up this year’s Earth Day celebration, but also get the conversation started on a critical issue.

“Endangered species condoms help people make the connection between safe sex and saving wildlife,” Baillie said, adding that the items are “great conversation starters.”

In total, the group will give away 15,000 condoms at various events and campuses on Earth Day, including Texas A&M University, the University of Vermont, Arkansas State University and Nebraska Wesleyan University. But this is not the first time the organization has handed out these condoms. He said he has given away more than a million condoms to endangered species since 2009.

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