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.
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.
Our Population and Sustainability Program has:
Huffington Post Op-ed: "The Population Wake-Up Call"
Read the latest edition of our e-newsletter Pop X: Fear Extinction, the Ghost of Halloween Future
Check out these sustainability tips:
Distributing Endangered Species Condoms?
Current world population:
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There are nearly 7.2 billion people on the planet today. That means more crowds, more traffic, more pollution… and less room for wildlife. We want to know what living in a world of 7 billion looks like and feels like to you. Submit your photos to our Instagram campaign.
Endangered Species Condoms
Condoms wrapped in colorful wildlife-themed packages offer a unique way to talk about human population pressure on endangered species. Learn why — and how — to get involved.
Take Extinction Off Your Plate
How can you eat an Earth-friendly diet? Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally. Reduce your consumption and help save species, habitat, water, emissions and air quality. Take our pledge now.
What Is Sustainability?
Every day we make choices that affect the animals, plants and climate of our planet. How do we live sustainably so as to help — not hurt — the Earth? Hint: Choose wild.
Pop X: Our Free Monthly E-newsletter
Sign up to receive Pop X and check out past editions of our newsletter covering population, overconsumption and sustainability, and the extinction crisis — and what you can do to help.
Huffington Post Blog
Check out our population and sustainability director Stephanie Feldstein’s Huffington Post blog for late-breaking commentary on how human population growth and overconsumption affect wildlife.
Meat production is responsible for more environmental degradation than any other single industry. So next time you fire up the grill, check out our website with meatless recipes from top chefs and make your cookout extinction-free.
Which endangered species live near you — the black-footed ferret, the yellow-billed cuckoo? Find out now by clicking on our interactive map of at-risk plants and animals in your area.
Write a Letter to the Editor
Want to spread the word through words? A letter to the editor of a local paper is a great way to get peoplet talking about population and sustainability. Learn how with our guide in our Take-action Toolbox.
Top 10 U.S. Endangered Species Threatened by Population
As human population and consumption grow, we’re crowding out, paving over, poisoning and eating other species to extinction. Learn about these 10.
Contact: Stephanie Feldstein