TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Center for Biological Diversity will mark this year's Earth Day by distributing 100,000 free Endangered Species Condoms around the country.
The Center collaborated with artist Roger Peet to create a special edition of the colorful condom packages featuring a suite of species -- from the dwarf seahorse to the polar bear -- threatened by the world's growing human population.
"The more people we crowd onto our planet, the fewer resources there are for already-endangered species like panthers, sea turtles and snowy plovers," said Amy Harwood, who runs the Center's human population campaign. "If we're going to deal with why plants and animals are going extinct at a staggering rate, we have to make human overpopulation part of the conversation."
The Center expects to get thousands of volunteers to distribute Endangered Species Condoms in all 50 states as part of Earth Day on April 22. In the past, the condoms have been given away at community events, libraries, college dorms, protests, bars and backyard parties.
"These condoms are a great way to get people talking and thinking about how overpopulation's hurting plants and wildlife that people care about," Harwood said.
The world's population has doubled since 1968 and surpassed 7 billion in October 2011. The United Nations predicts it will top 10 billion by the end of this century. Meanwhile, about 90 species go extinct every day.
The new condom packages highlight six imperiled species: the Florida panther; the dwarf seahorse;,the hellbinder, a freshwater North America amphibian; the western snowy plover, a pocket-sized shorebird; the leatherback sea turtle; and the polar bear.