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Welcome to the New and Improved Pop X

Over the past seven months, the Center's population work has evolved in exciting ways: new campaigns, new staff and updated online resources, more opportunities to distribute Endangered Species Condoms, and the addition of sustainability information and the Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign.

With all of this action, we couldn't leave out Pop X, whose fresh, interactive format now reflects the expanded scope of the population and sustainability program and will allow us to highlight even more ways for you to get involved as we keep delivering the latest news to your inbox.

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For the wild,
Stephanie Feldstein Stephanie Feldstein
Population and Sustainability Director
Today's world population is: 7,181,555,790. We can still save room for wildlife -- spread the word and share the newsletter below.

Polar Bear to McDonald's: Stop Supersizing Climate Change

FrostpawThe Big Mac has a big impact on the planet: McDonald's beef production contributes as much to climate change as the operation of all 35,000 of its restaurants. That's why the Center's Frostpaw the Polar Bear recently wrote Ronald McDonald a candid letter about the "clown-shoe-sized" carbon footprint of the burger chain's menu. "For every burger you serve, there's a little less sea ice in the Arctic, making it a little harder every day for me to find any happy meals."

Frostpaw points out that, at a time when more and more studies are calling on people to reduce meat consumption, McDonald's doesn't offer any meatless meals, "not one McBean Burger or McTofu Wrap." The Golden Arches may not be the restaurant of choice for many environmentalists, but it is for 70 million people a day. Meat-free options would make Earth-friendlier eating more accessible to millions and could go a long way toward curbing our country's unsustainable appetite for meat.

Frostpaw isn't alone in calling on Ronald to take climate change seriously. More than 25,000 people have signed the Center's petition asking McDonald's to add meat-free options to its menu.

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World Population Day

On July 11 the Center will observe World Population Day, an annual event created by the United Nations to raise awareness of population issues. We need your help to make it a success. In the coming weeks, keep an eye on your inbox for information on how to get involved, including an opportunity to become an Endangered Species Condoms distributor and a photo campaign around what population pressure feels like in our day-to-day lives.

Vote for Our SXSW Eco Panel

Help us bring the message about population and the extinction crisis to SXSW Eco this fall. SXSW Eco is an annual conference in Austin, Texas that showcases the latest ideas in sustainability and addressing global challenges -- and human population growth needs to be part of that conversation. Panels are chosen by popular demand, so we need your support. Today's the last day to vote for our panel, Saving Wildlife, One Condom at a Time. Registration is required, but it only takes a couple of minutes.

Sea-level Rise Threatens America's Coastal Cities
Sea level rise

Clean air buttons

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling

Climate change has dangerously increased flood risk in many of America's largest coastal cities, including New York, Boston, Miami, New Orleans and the San Francisco Bay area.

The Clean Air Act is currently our best tool for curbing greenhouse gas pollution, and cities across the country have joined the Center in urging the EPA to take action.

Check out the Center's video and report on how sea-level rise isn't just a risk for cities, but for hundreds of threatened and endangered species.

CNN Opinion: Endless Economic and Population Growth Is Irrational

CrowdCarl Safina, host of the PBS television series Saving the Ocean, wrote an op-ed for CNN debunking the commonly held idea that an ever-growing human population is a good thing on our finite planet.

People who believe in endless growth believe technology will save us from ourselves. But as resources run dry, we're forced to resort to increasingly damaging ways of exploiting nature, such as fracking, to keep up with demand while wildlife species disappear at the fastest rate since the time of the dinosaurs. Tech, writes Safina, might save us time but it doesn't save wildlife. "Human growth dooms the animals we paint on nursery-room walls."

But it doesn't have to be that way. The solution is as rational as growth for the sake of growth is not. Check out Safina's op-ed, then share the link and Pop X to spread the message that we already have the tools to improve the health of families and the planet.

Photo credits: Stephanie Feldstein staff photo; Frostpaw at McDonalds by Valerie Love, Center for Biological Diversity; Endangered Species Condoms photo courtesy Center for Biological Diversity, design by Lori Lieber, artwork by Roger Peet © 2012; SXSW Eco Panel logo courtesy SXSW; sea level rise courtesy Flickr/go_greener_oz; clean air buttons courtesy Wikimedia Commons/NGerda; loggerhead sea turtle hatchling by Becky Skiba, USFWS; crowd courtesy Flickr/Guzmán Lozano.

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