Thanks to Lawrence Rupp for notifying me of the Center for Biological Diversity’s distribution of free condoms. Visit http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/t/5243/signUp.jsp?key=4774 to volunteer to distribute free endangered species condoms. Please sign up by Monday, February 1. The following is an introduction to the plan. Below that are two items, one an article on the Center’s website about overpopulation and the other an announcement of their campaign on overpopulation issues in an e-newsletter. If reading what follows makes you feel the way I do, and you want to support the Center’s work, visit http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/support/join/index.html to make a donation.
Volunteer to Distribute Free Endangered Species Condoms
Be a part of the Center for Biological Diversity’s brand-new Endangered Species Condom Project, a campaign to nationally distribute free condoms in six different packages featuring endangered species threatened by human overpopulation, with the goal of raising awareness about overpopulation’s serious impacts on our planet. The packages will be released next month, and we need your help to get them out. Sign up below and you can help us educate people across the country about what overpopulation does to species that don’t have the privilege of over-reproducing — or even reproducing enough to survive — from the spotted owl to the Puerto Rico rock frog to the polar bear.
Please sign up by Monday, February 1.
After you sign up, a Center staff person will contact you with more details about condom distribution. We’ll also keep you updated on the Center’s work to protect endangered species and address overpopulation. Thank you for taking action on this critical issue and being part of our exciting new project. To sign up, visit http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/t/5243/signUp.jsp?key=4774
On the following page from the Center’s website: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/overpopulation/index.html you will find links to articles on overpopulation and climate change, overpopulation and extinction, overpopulation and oceans, and overpopulation and urban wildlands. In addition, you will find the following article. See the original for a great chart of species extinction and population numbers.
The human population doubled from 1 to 2 billion between the years 1800 and 1930 — an unparalleled event in the planet’s history. No large mammal had ever grown to such numbers or commandeered so many resources. The impact on North America’s native species was devastating:
· Driven extinct by hunters, the last eastern woodland bison was seen in West Virginia in 1825.
· Undulata delissea, a Hawaiian plant, was driven extinct in 1865 by domestic cattle.
· The beautiful Falls-of-the-Ohio scurfpea, which existed on a single island, was drowned by U.S. Dam
No. 41 in Kentucky in 1881.
· The Whiteline topminnow was last seen Alabama in 1899, its spring habitat repeatedly pumped dry by
the growing human population.
· The Culebra parrot was hunted and collected to extinction in Puerto Rico by 1899.
· The Rocky Mountain grasshopper was purposefully driven extinct — a bounty was even placed on its
head — by 1903.
· Merriam’s elk was hunted to extinction in Arizona in 1906.
· The Tennessee riffleshell disappeared in 1930 due to pollution and dams.
The human population doubled again by 1975, this time taking just 45 years. The rate of extinction also increased. Today’s population stands at 6.8 billion and, if it continues on course, will reach 8 billion in 2020 before leveling off at about 9 billion in 2050. If it doesn’t level off, the worldwide population could theoretically reach 15 billion by 2050, but that is unlikely due to the insurmountable economic, political, and ecological crises that would likely ensue.
By any ecological measure, Homo sapiens sapiens has exceeded its sustainable population size. Just a single human waste product — greenhouse gas — has altered the chemistry of the planet’s skies and oceans, causing global warming and ocean acidification.
In the United States, which has the world’s third-highest population after China and India, the fertility rate is rising again after leveling off and declining in previous decades. Our rate of reproduction is now at its highest level since 1971. At 2.1 children per woman, the birthrate is the highest of any developed nation and well above the developed-world average of 1.6. Our current population tops 300 million and is projected to grow by 50 percent by mid-century, eventually approaching 450 million.
Discussion of overpopulation has become somewhat taboo in the environmental movement. To change this dynamic, more than 200 conservationists and scientists, including the Center for Biological Diversity, pledged during the February 2009 Global Population Speak Out to promote awareness of the problem.
The Center’s primary mission is to stop the planetary extinction crisis that’s wiping out rare plants and animals in every nation, ocean, and ecosystem on earth. Explosive, unsustainable human population growth is an essential cause of the extinction crisis.
Through the empowerment of women, education of all people, universal access to birth control, and a societal commitment to ensuring that all species are given a chance to live and thrive, we can reduce our own population to an ecologically sustainable level. This will decrease human poverty and crowding, increase our standard of living, and sustain the lives of plants, animals, and ecosystems everywhere.
Current World Population
Net Growth During Your Visit