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Thanks for the condoms

Dear Editor:

Over the past year, the Center for Biological Diversity has distributed more than 150,000 free endangered-species condoms around the country. They let me be one of the hundreds of volunteers that got to participate in this creative campaign to educate people about the connection between population growth and biodiversity loss.

This complex and touchy issue has never been an easy or fun topic to broach with people, but the center’s cute and creative condom wrappers with artistic endangered-animal designs on them and catchy phrases like “Don’t go bare, panthers are rare” and “In the sack? Save the leatherback” made this important message easy to deliver.

Although it’s easy to imagine considerably more fun uses of condoms than giving them away, it felt great to talk to people about the world hitting the 7 billion people mark last year (as of today, we’re at 7.07 billion). Scientists tell us that species are going extinct 100 to 1,000 times faster than the normal rate, and our exponential growth is inarguably playing some role in this terrible loss of biodiversity.

Check out the Center for Biological Diversity – it’s a great organization daring to engage in really difficult conversations that I believe will be a necessary component to reaching a sustainable and peaceful 21st century.

So please support birth control around the world for all people who want it, and “Wrap with care, save the polar bear!

Ellen Vaughan

Carbondale


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