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Conservation: a rich white man's hobby?

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Yesterday, Voice of Nature ran an event in the UK to discuss rewilding across the British Isles.

The event was streamed on the internet so that people from around the world could watch for free (which is great).

As someone who couldn't afford to travel down there, I decided to watch it on YouTube.  However, after realising that the entire panel of "experts" that would be discussing this topic were rich white men, it somewhat put me off.  I was struck by many questions.
Why is it that in many conservation events, speakers are more often than not from these three categories (rich, white and male)?  What does this suggest about the diversity and equality within this sector? Should we be doing more to promote diversity?  Do these three categories suggest something to the outsider about what type of person you should be if you want to be a successful conservationist?  Is conservation another discipline stuck in hegemonic power structures?  How do these structures affect the gove…