Our Values

Boy playing with PACE filming equipment , Kenya; Photo credit: Sarah Watson

Boy playing with PACE filming equipment , Kenya; Photo credit: Sarah Watson

Values guide thinking and action. They encourage individual commitment and collective action. Our underlying values determine the quality of the work that we do.

Siren is guided by a broad spectrum of conservation, individual and organizational values:

  • The diversity of plant and animal life on Earth is necessary for human physical and mental well-being. Meeting the material needs of people is undermined through loss of wildlife. People will, when all their material needs are met, still want, and indeed need, to be able to experience nature.
  • It is our moral duty to prevent human-driven extinctions of other creatures on this planet.
  • The conservation of species diversity is critical to maintaining natural life-support systems, including water cleansing, pollination of food crops, and soil formation and is essential for our economic and social development.
  • Siren believes in the welfare of animals. Protecting the lives of individual animals is important, except where this conflicts with the preservation of another wild species’ existence.
  • Protecting nature does not have to conflict with human rights to adequate food, water and shelter, and to basic care and protection. We respect and aim to facilitate the work of humanitarian organizations such as Oxfam. Often, the goals of such organizations are served through nature conservation.
  • However, acting to protect nature will entail compromise, since the material demands of over six billion humans, especially those in the developed world, are often in conflict with those of plant and animal species.
  • The existence of cultures and local traditions is important and that this diversity also requires protection. We aim to be supportive of these except where they interfere with our first principles of preventing extinctions and looking after the welfare of human and other living creatures.
  • Nature conservation for intellectual, aesthetic and spiritual purposes is necessary for maintenance of cultural diversity and preservation of the human spirit
  • We can make a difference. Siren works within the guidelines of the Charity Commission to generate as much output as possible with as little institutional bureaucracy as possible.
  • We believe in partnership and not in the promotion of one organization over another, and in particular not in the promotion of individuals over action.
  • We place a high value on individual commitment, co-operation, compassion, openness, respect, fairness, integrity and humour both in our working practices and in life in general