The Center for Biological Diversity is handing out tens of thousands of ‘endangered species’ condoms to help promote its message that there are too many of us and we must stop breeding. Amongst the free condoms being handed out to kids everywhere was one featuring the polar bear, with the slogan on the condoms stating “Wrap with care – save a polar bear”. The message presumably being, if you care about polar bears and other animals, don’t have kids.
The website linked to in the press release gave further details:
The international icon of global warming, the polar bear is going extinct as the Arctic sea ice melts beneath its feet due to the greenhouse gas emissions of 6.8 billion people, especially those in high-consumption nations like the United States. The bear was put on the endangered species list in 2008.
The problem is that this claim is simply not true. Rather than “going extinct” polar bears are not even endangered, a fact attested to by the decision of the Obama administration not to include the bear on the endangered species list.
So what we have is a chain of increasingly tenuous and unprovable assumptions:
- Overpopulation is a prime cause of global warming
- Global warming is (as of now) melting the Arctic to such a degree it will melt all the ice polar bears live on.
- Polar Bears are drowning as the “Arctic sea ice melts beneath its feet”
The press release claims that overpopulation is “overwhelming the planet’s finite resources”. We are, apparently, producing too much stuff that’s designed to be used once and then simply thrown away. In an effort to highlight this fact, the Center for Biological Diversity is . . . producing 50,000 condoms designed to be used once then thrown away.
The contact name given on the press release offers more light relief, with the man to contact about overpopulation concerns going by the slightly unfortunate name of ‘Randy Seraglio’! You couldn’t make it up . . .