Pop X: Population, Sustainability and a Wilder Future for All.
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When the International Panel on Climate Change warned the world we'd face catastrophic climate change if we didn't act instantly to cut emissions, there was a renewed call for greener choices. But the focus on which cars individuals drive, and whether individuals recycle, wrongly places the blame for the climate crisis on the shoulders of the people.

In reality it's powerful industries, and the political structures that safeguard them, that most urgently need reform. Fossil fuel corporations and meat and dairy producers want us to believe the climate crisis is our fault, while they continue business as usual. The choices we make have an impact, of course, but whether you're choosing plant-based foods or going solar, every personal action is just a starting point. Worldwide, systemic change is what's needed. And the climate crisis is bigger than any one of us.

If we hope to reduce emissions, we need to let go of our guilt, be clear about who's responsible, and redefine personal action to push for the large-scale policy, economic, social and technological changes required. Read on for more ways to stay engaged and fight back.

For the wild,

Stephanie Feldstein

Stephanie Feldstein
Population and Sustainability Director
Center for Biological Diversity

P.S. Today's world population is: 7,712,554,650. We can still save room for wildlife — spread the word and share this email.

Duck nest in flower pot

Crowded Planet / As habitat shrinks and wild spaces become harder to find, wildlife are often forced to get creative. In New Jersey a duck used a flowerpot for her nest. (Share photos of your wild neighbors on social media using the #CrowdedPlanet hashtag.)

Endangered Species Condoms

Take Action / Help Celebrate Our Millionth Condom

This World Population Day we're celebrating the Endangered Species Condoms project's 10-year anniversary. Since the project began, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have given away condoms to start conversations about the connection between unsustainable human population growth and threats to endangered species. On July 11 we'll hit a milestone: giving away our one millionth condom.

Help us celebrate a decade of bringing population growth back into the environmental movement by keeping the conversation going. Sign up by June 24 to receive a box of free Endangered Species Condoms to share with your friends and neighbors.

Arizona solar

Wild Energy / Unfair Solar Rates Face Legal Challenge

Solar customers in Arizona filed a class-action suit against their public power utility, the Salt River Project, for raising electricity rates on rooftop solar by 60 percent. Earlier this month the Center filed a brief in support of that suit with the U.S. District Court, challenging the utility's argument that it's immune from antitrust laws. The brief also states that the utility's action against rooftop solar unlawfully stamps out clean energy competition and undermines the public interest.

"The Salt River Project's discriminatory rates unlawfully punish customers who embrace clean energy and protect Arizona's air quality," said Jean Su, the Center's energy director. "Old-school utility monopolies are dragging down renewable energy and propping up dirty fossil fuels. These schemes are doing terrible damage to our health and our planet's future."

Learn more about the case in Clean Technica.

Rally for women's rights

Population / States Step Up for Reproductive Rights

More than 50 abortion restrictions have been enacted in 17 states this year, with some banning the procedure at as early as six weeks — before many people even know they're pregnant. In response several states are working to expand access to reproductive healthcare.

Within the past week, Illinois, Vermont and Maine have all taken steps to protect access to abortion services. Illinois and Vermont both enacted laws that declare reproductive freedom a fundamental right, protecting access to services including contraception, pregnancy care and abortion even if Roe v. Wade is undermined. Maine passed a law that allows more medical professionals to provide abortions.

While anti-abortion measures still outnumber the bills protecting reproductive rights, these proactive laws will help safeguard healthcare and choice. Read more about how states are fighting back.

Bales of plastic

Plastics / California Bill Holds Producers Responsible

In the fight to reduce single-use plastic waste, bans on plastic bags and straws are far better than nothing. But if we're going to tackle the massive amount of plastic choking the ocean, littering beaches and filling landfills, we need to reduce it at the source. The California Senate recently passed a bill that would hold plastic manufacturers responsible for cleaning up their mess.

Currently only about 9 percent of plastic is recycled in the United States, but the new bill includes guidelines for manufacturers to increase that to 75 percent by 2030. More importantly, the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act would require manufacturers and retailers to produce less plastic, recycle more, and use reusable or compostable packaging to reduce single-use plastic waste by 75 percent by 2030.

Check out The Revelator for more on the bill.

Gray wolf eyes

Five Wild Picks / Trump Lawsuit Tracker

Since Trump's first day in office, the Center has been working to oppose every move he's made that would hurt wildlife, endanger public health or roll back environmental protections. We've filed 136 lawsuits against the administration — and counting. Here are five of our most recent suits.

1) Elimination of Environmental Grades: We're suing the EPA to find out why it abruptly stopped issuing public grades on environmental reviews.

2) Rollbacks of Offshore Drilling Safety Regulations: We're challenging the rollback of an Obama rule that was passed to prevent another Deepwater Horizon disaster.

3) Renewal of Oregon Ranchers' Grazing Permits: We're challenging a public-lands grazing permit ordered by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for Dwight and Steven Hammond. The ranchers originally lost their permit because they committed arson on federal lands.

4) Failure to Address Air Pollution: We're suing the EPA for failing to develop air-quality plans to address smog and soot pollution in Phoenix and Northern California.

5) Failure to Protect Endangered Species: We've filed a number of suits to protect imperiled wildlife and their habitats across the country, including eight species awaiting action from the Fish and Wildlife Service after being found to warrant protection.

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Photo credits: Wall Street bull by Sam Valadi/Flickr; duck nest in flowerpot by Alex Joesten; Endangered Species Condoms art by Shawn DiCriscio and design by Lori Lieber; Arizona home with solar by IIP Photo Archive/Flickr; women's rights rally by UN Women/Flickr; bales of plastic by Flavio Ronco; gray wolf eyes via Shutterstock.

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