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Dear Center Supporter,

When Donald Trump took office, one of the first things he did was reinstate and expand the "global gag rule." This regulation restricts U.S. funding from going to any health care providers that perform legal abortions or even counsel patients about the option. The gag rule denies funding for contraceptive and preventative health care services for some of the world's most vulnerable populations.

Now Trump wants to bring this terrible policy home. He's proposed a rule to deny funding to health care clinics serving low-income Americans if the clinics perform or discuss abortion. The proposal would also prioritize natural family planning methods. As a result, health care providers would be forced to withhold information from patients or risk losing their funding.

The freedom to make informed reproductive decisions is an essential right that must be defended for the sake of individual health, families and the planet. Take action below to speak out against Trump's gag rule.

For the wild,

Stephanie Feldstein

Stephanie Feldstein
Population and Sustainability Director
Center for Biological Diversity

P.S. Today's world population is: 7,630,652,208. We can still save room for wildlife — spread the word and share this email.

Fox in London

Crowded Planet / From a fox wandering around central London to the raccoon whose harrowing climb up a Minnesota skyscraper captivated social media, wild animals are increasingly forced to find their way in the concrete jungle.

Sign up to give away free Endangered Species Condoms

Earth Overshoot Day / Sign Up to Give Away Condoms

Earth Overshoot Day, the date when we've used all the resources the planet can renew in the entire year, falls on Aug. 1, 2018. That's a day earlier than last year and even earlier than the year before. We're putting the U.S. cities with the largest carbon footprints on notice that they need to take action to #MoveTheDate.

You can help by signing up to give away our new, limited-edition "global footprint" Endangered Species Condoms in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Jose, Calif., Houston and Washington, D.C. Not in one of the top 10 cities? No problem, just let us know how you'd like to give away the condoms in your community.

Sign up to be a volunteer condom distributor.

Take Action / Help Defend Reproductive Rights

Donald Trump wants to restrict funding for contraceptive providers. Speak out against Trump's gag rule to protect reproductive freedom and the planet.

Solar panels

Wild Energy/ Power to the People

Working to stop threats to endangered species and our communities is about more than fighting destructive fossil fuel extraction, pollution and overconsumption. It's also about supporting the just transition to an alternative energy system. In his new Medium piece, Renewable Energy Campaigner Shiva Patel writes about the Energy Democracy movement and highlights some of the positive, solution-oriented initiatives happening across the country.

You can also learn about the Energy Democracy Tour, an effort to promote work being done across the United States (especially by low-income communities, people of color and allies) to develop and control renewable energy resources.

Veggie BBQ

Earth-friendly Diet / A Tale of Two Barbecues

With the summer solstice this week and the Fourth of July around the corner, we're right in the middle of barbecue season — and all those cookouts are cooking the planet. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans eat an average of 818 hot dogs per second, plus countless burgers, steaks and chicken.

Meat production is responsible for significant greenhouse gas emissions, habitat loss, water use, pollution and other threats to endangered species. But with so many plant-based meat alternatives and fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit, it's easy to take extinction off your grill.

Watch and share our video comparing the environmental cost of two barbecues, and check out our Extinction-free BBQ menus.


Five Wild Picks / Summer Tips to Save Wildlife

Summer is full of opportunities to get outside and spend time with family and friends, but it's also full of potential hazards for wildlife, from increased ocean pollution to energy use contributing to climate change. Here are five ways to make sure your summer fun doesn't turn up the heat on wildlife.

1) Choose wildlife-friendly sunscreen without the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that are killing coral reefs.

2) Skip single-use plastic like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles to protect marine wildlife from deadly plastic pollution.

3) Grill more veggies and less meat to reduce the carbon footprint of your cookout.

4) Lower your air conditioning, opt for fans and take other steps to stay cool without the climate cost.

5) Enjoy the outdoors and support your local parks and public lands.

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Photo credits: Protester by Joe Brusky/Flickr; fox in London in public domain; footprint graphic courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; solar panels courtesy Pixabay; barbecue video still courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; heron courtesy Pixabay.

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