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Human population growth and overconsumption are at the root of our most pressing environmental issues, including the species extinction crisis, habitat loss and climate change. To save wildlife and wild places, we use creative media and public outreach to raise awareness about runaway human population growth and unsustainable consumption — and their close link to the endangerment of other species.

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and we're adding 227,000 more every day. The toll on wildlife is impossible to miss: Species are disappearing 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than the natural rate. It's clear that these issues need to be addressed before it's too late.

ABOUT OUR POPULATION AND SUSTAINABILITY WORK

The Center has been working to address the connection between rampant human population growth and the extinction crisis since 2009. Our innovative outreach and public-pressure campaigns — like our award-winning Endangered Species Condoms project — focus on common-sense solutions, including the empowerment of women and girls, the education of all people, universal access to birth control, sustainable consumer choices, and a societal commitment to giving all species a chance to live and thrive.

In 2013 we expanded our population program to encompass overconsumption and sustainability, too — since these issues are intricately tied to the impact of human population on endangered species and the health of our planet. The expanded program will continue using a combination of creative media, advocacy, outreach, and the expansion of our nationwide network of population and sustainability activists to keep these critical issues in the spotlight.

MILESTONES

Our Population and Sustainability Program has:

  • Distributed nearly half a million Endangered Species Condoms across all 50 U.S. states.
  • Commissioned a groundbreaking poll showing that most Americans believe human population growth is a significant factor in the disappearance of wildlife.
  • Generated momentous media attention on the often ignored issue of human population in top outlets, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.

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FEATURED LINKS
Polar bear

Take Action:
Tell McDonald's: Billions of Burgers Are Bad for Our Future
Take Our Pledge to Take Extinction Off Your Plate

Huffington Post Op-ed: "Grilling for Labor Day? Don't Burn the Planet"

Read the latest edition of our e-newsletter Pop X: Steep Price for Florida's Newest Walmart

Check out these sustainability tips:
12 Ways to Live More Sustainably

Distributing Endangered Species Condoms?
Tips and tricks for hosting your own event

Immigration
Our statement on immigration and population

 
 

Featured Videos

Human Population Growth and Wildlife Extinction:

 

The Center's interview with bestselling author Alan Weisman about his new book, Countdown:


 

WATCH MORE POPULATION AND SUSTAINABILITY VIDEOS.

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
MORE INFORMATION:
 
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/images/thumbs/7BACLogo_75.jpgWhat Is Sustainability?
 

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/images/thumbs/7BACLogo_75.jpg7 Billion and Counting Campaign

 
xPopulation and Climate Change
 
xPopulation and Extinction
 
Overpopulation and OceansPopulation and Oceans
 
Overpopulation and OceansPopulation and Urban Wildlands
 

MEDIA

Media highlights
Press releases
 

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Contact: Stephanie Feldstein

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