ENDANGERED SPECIES CONDOMS TOOLKIT
|Oregon County Fair. Photo by Virginia Taggart.
Whether you’ve received Endangered Species Condoms, signed up for a chance to get them in the future, or just want to know more about how you can engage people in the conversation about human population growth and the wildlife extinction crisis, we’ve put together downloadable resources and helpful links to help you make the most of your outreach experience.
This page will be updated as we create more new, exciting population and sustainability materials, so check back before your next event. If you have any questions about Endangered Species Condoms or event outreach, email us at email@example.com.
WHY POPULATION MATTERS
The world’s population now numbers more than 7 billion, and we add another 227,000 people to the planet every day. More people means less room for wildlife. The Endangered Species Condoms Project provides people with a unique, engaging way to talk about the connection between human population growth and the extinction crisis.
Learn more about population growth and the extinction crisis.
Download our Endangered Species Condoms talking points flyer, with helpful information on addressing population growth and endangered species.
Download our Endangered Species Condoms poster.
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ENDANGERED SPECIES CONDOMS
|The folks at Tantra Coffee House in San Marcos, Texas, happily received Endangered Species Condoms from a Center volunteer. Photo by Megan Holmes.
Now that you’ve received your Endangered Species Condoms, it’s time to get those conversations about population and the extinction crisis started.
Every event is different, with different audiences and opportunities. But the best thing about being an Endangered Species Condoms volunteer is that whether you choose to hand out condoms at your local bar, yoga studio, local community festival or larger Earth Day event or festival, the condoms do a lot of the work for you. People will be curious about the packages and want to know more, making it easy to start talking about the message behind the condoms: how human population growth affects endangered species.
Here are some tips to help you out:
What to have on hand anywhere you bring the condoms:
If you’re attending an event like a farmer’s market, an Earth Day celebration, or another public venue where you’re setting up a table, it’s a good idea to have these things on hand, too:
- Something to keep your materials from blowing away (this always happens, so be prepared) — rocks or binder clips work well;
- Duct tape or masking tape for hanging your poster (and for helping with other emergencies);
- Basket or other container to display your condom packages;
- Table cloth or other material to lay over your table;
- Your own creative, colorful signs to display;
- Additional flyers on related issues, for example:
Don't be shy. We know it can be tough to start the conversation about population growth, but that’s why the condoms work so well: They’re great icebreakers, and once you start talking, most people are genuinely curious about what condoms have to do with endangered species.
Have fun. Your enthusiasm will get other people excited about your effort and about learning what they can do about population growth.
Take pictures and share your story. Snap pictures of the condom packages displayed at an event or of people holding the packages, or record a quick video of people talking about the condoms. Share it on your social networks with the hashtag #CrowdedPlanet to get even more people in on the conversation. Check out some of our past volunteers’ pictures and videos for inspiration.
Download our Endangered Species Condoms poster.
HOW TO SHOOT AN AWESOME VIDEO
Do you prefer to capture video action over still photos? We’re looking for volunteers who love to shoot video to send in some short clips that we can share online.
Here's what we’re looking for:
Thirty-to-ninety-second video clips featuring the Endangered Species Condoms or people talking about population and wildlife — or any other interesting videos of that length to help spark the conversation.
Be creative. We want to see the Endangered Species Condoms Project through your eyes. How did you give away the condoms?
How did people react? Do you have an idea for an Endangered Species Condoms commercial or motion graphics to talk about the issue?
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few sample questions you can ask people:
- What do you think of the Endangered Species Condoms?
- What's your favorite endangered species, or wild animal that you’d like to protect for future generations?
- What do you think the most important things are that people can do to protect the planet?
Use this follow-up question:
- What if I told you that having a small family is one of the most environmentally friendly things you can do?
Send us the link to your video and we’ll share it to help keep the conversation about population growth and wildlife going.
Send us your photos, videos and stories and we’ll share them on our social networks, too. Check out some of our past volunteers’ pictures and videos for inspiration here or on Facebook or Instagram.
Note: Videos must be shot horizontally to be considered for addition to our website and social media pages.
THE CENTER'S EARTH-FRIENDLY DIET CAMPAIGN
As the world's human population and consumption continue to grow, so does our hunger for meat. Many people don’t think about the devastating impacts of meat production on wildlife, habitat, water and the climate. By reducing the meat in our diets, we can take extinction off our plates and improve our own health, along with the health of the planet.
Learn more about our Earth-friendly Diet campaign: Take Extinction Off Your Plate.
Take the Earth-friendly Diet Pledge and share it on social media. Already a vegetarian? Help recruit your friends and family.
Download our Earth-friendly Diet flyer.
Download our pledge flyer to help recruit people to take the Earth-friendly Diet Pledge.
Download and share our infographic: "Meatstinction, The Seven Course Cost of Meat Production."
Overconsumption and sustainability are intricately tied to the impact of human population on endangered species and the health of our planet. That’s why it’s important to keep both issues in the spotlight.
Learn more about how to live more sustainably.
Download our “12 Ways to Live More Sustainably” factsheet.
WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED?
Join our email list to receive program updates and action alerts.
Become an Endangered Species Condoms volunteer.
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Got pictures, videos or funny stories from your Endangered Species Condoms giveaway? Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.