As World’s Human Population Approaches 7 Billion, Global Species Extinction Crisis Accelerates

For Immediate Release, February 11, 2011

Contact: Randy Serraglio, (520) 784-1504

As World’s Human Population Approaches 7 Billion, Global Species Extinction Crisis Accelerates

TUCSON, Ariz.— The number of people on Earth is expected to hit 7 billion later this year, a deeply troubling milestone in the human overpopulation crisis that’s contributing to widespread extinction of plants and animals, overconsumption of our natural resources, climate change, and other environmental problems. February is Global Population Speak Out month, one of the best opportunities for citizens to take action on this crucial environmental issue.

“Every day, this planet has to deal with an additional 250,000 people that weren’t there the day before, and it simply can’t sustain the strain that puts on species, food and water, and natural ecosystems,” said Randy Serraglio, overpopulation campaign coordinator for the Center for Biological Diversity.

Wildlife have already paid a price in the United States. Once-prominent species such as the eastern woodland bison and the Southwest’s Merriam’s elk were hunted to extinction, while scores of others disappeared because of dams, lost habitat, pollution and cattle grazing. Today’s global extinction crisis threatens other charismatic species like polar and grizzly bears, beluga whales and gray wolves, as well as other smaller, lesser-known species. As the human footprint on the planet grows, scientists estimate we’re losing species at 100 to 1,000 times the natural rate. Without help, 30 to 50 percent of all species could be on the path to extinction by 2050.

“At its root, the loss of so many species is directly related to unsustainable human population growth,” Serraglio said. “Unfortunately, overpopulation and overconsumption rarely find their way into the conversation about solving the biggest environmental problems we face today. If that’s going to change, it’s crucial that citizens and community leaders begin holding elected leaders accountable for how their decisions contribute to overpopulation and overconsumption.”

In 2010, the Center distributed 350,000 Endangered Species Condoms to thousands of volunteers around the United States and beyond as a way to raise awareness about the connection between human overpopulation and species extinction. The Center is also joining in this year’s Global Population Speak Out and is urging its supporters to sign the GPSO pledge to make their voices heard on this important issue.

There are several ways to reduce the human population to an ecologically sustainable level, including the empowerment of women, education of all people and universal access to birth control.


Filed under animals, biodiversity, conservation, endangered, environment, environmentalism, extinction, nature, wildlife, zoology

4 responses to “As World’s Human Population Approaches 7 Billion, Global Species Extinction Crisis Accelerates

  1. Anonymous

    Interesting that the solutions always center only on the female side of fecundity as in the last lines of this article.
    MEN — Use condoms ! Get vasectomies ! Don’t go around humping everything in sight Keep your pants on more.

    • Jacob

      If you actually read the article you would notice that it says empowering women so taht they are not being humped by men and they have more sya in the matter rather than beeing seen as living fuck machines. Which honestly is the way I see women, but I am trying to change. Although I never got anybody pregnant. So kudos to me eh.

  2. Zoe

    People don’t want to mention religious and/or business model factors, but it is apparent all around the world what is happening. Notice this never seems to make it into political debates? Instead we focus on the absurd arguments around abortion. I would say we (humans) have become so arrogant that we deserve what we get—-only—-IT ISN’T ALL ABOUT US. What right do we have to live in such extraordinary denial? What does this make us? I’m not proud of this aspect of the species to which I belong.

  3. maria

    I can’t believe that over such a serious issue for all of humanity there are women reading into it as it being another excuse for men to bash them. I think one of the potential solutions mentioned in the article (universal birth control) covers both male and female methods. However any woman that leaves the responsibility of contraception solely on the man is completely irresponsible. Sad to say but the reality of the matter is that if a woman does not intend to get pregnant then she needs to ensure she has taken all precautions. The posted comment “men should keep their pants on” would obviously be from an irresponsible woman that is bitter towards men because she can’t KEEP HER LEGS CLOSED!

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