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World population day

Sarah MoffittThe Park Record

Recycle Utah and Planned Parenthood teamed up for World Population Day on Monday to show that population control and family planning are key features of conservation and preservation of the Earth’s resources.

With over 6.7 billion people on Earth according to the U.S. Census Bureau, environmental good intentions will be short lived if population growth is not addressed, said Recycle Utah executive director Insa Riepen.

Recycle Utah will have its office stocked all week with condoms, pamphlets, and information on safe sex and family planning from Planned Parenthood. They will also be telling people about the direct relationship between population growth and the environment.

Recycle Utah development coordinator Britte Kirsch said she was really concerned about overpopulation and what it means for conservation and approached Planned Parenthood about the partnership.

"They were really receptive about the idea," said Kirsch. "After all, you can recycle until you are blue in the face, but if we aren’t conserving and are depleting our natural resources through overpopulation, that is how plants and animals become extinct."

According to Riepen, people must protect themselves and the environment, making Planned Parenthood and Recycle Utah a natural team.

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"An environmentally concerned person must commit to family planning and take on the responsibility for both the children and environment," Riepen said.

Riepen said Recycle Utah tried to talk about family planning and how it affects the environment at Park City High School but was told that it was something the schools would not touch. The Park City School District could not be reached for comment.

Most visitors at the recycling center did not seem to notice the discreet display inside, but some who did supported the concept of Recycle Utah spreading the word about family planning.

"I think it is good they have this kind of information and condoms here. It’s a whole new world out there and kids need to use protection," said Park City resident David Baltzan. "Ultimately, though, it is up to the parents to educate their children about these matters."

Recycle Utah is encouraging residents to stop by all week and learn more about conservation, world population issues and pick up free items.

"We are protecting our internal and external environments," said Riepen.