Conservation and Diversity

a drawing of stick people and a circle of coloured hands. Text reads: Conservation and diversity
For conservation to expand its reach and importance in our society, it must embrace diversity! But then why does only 7% of full-time staff across 91 environmental organisations come from an ethnic minority group? 

One of the many answers is the economic model of relying on unpaid/underpaid labour. There are limited to no opportunities outside of volunteering for ethnically diverse staff, which speaks to the need to recognise that to truly tackle racial inequalities, such inequalities must be seen as tied to class. 

Not everyone can utilise free time for volunteering and/or on minimal pay, emphasising class influencing the ability of some to pursue an interest, rather than express one. 

Current students Keir and Arjun dive deep into their perspective on diversity in the sector, here