Conservation’s Dirty Secrets

“The wildlife conservation movement is one of those unquestioned ‘good things’ that seem to be above all possible criticism. In this report, however, Oliver Steeds takes a closer look at some of the leading conservation charities, examining how they are run and asking why they are getting into bed with big business and alienating the very people they need to be on their side if they’re to save the worlds threatened flora and fauna.”

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“Dispatches reporter Oliver Steeds travels the globe to investigate the conservation movement and its major organisations. Steeds finds that the movement, far from stemming the tide of extinction that’s engulfing the planet, has got some of its conservation priorities wrong.

The film examines the way the big conservation charities are run. It questions why some work with polluting big businesses to raise money and are alienating the very people they would need to stem the loss of species from earth.

Conservation is massively important but few dare to question the movement. Some critics argue that it is in part getting it wrong, and that, as a consequence, some of the flora and fauna it seeks to save are facing oblivion.

The Nature Disconnect: Steeds’ thoughts on the making of the film:
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WWF Response
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  • TX: 20th June, 8pm C4
  • Director, Producer: Richard Sanders
  • Reporter: Oliver Steeds
  • Exec Producer: Tom Porter
  • Assistant Producer: Alex Barrett
  • Production Manager: Anna Melin
  • Production Coordinator: Hannah Beatty
  • Production Company: Blakeway