ARC - Alliance of Religions and Conservation

What is ARC?

ARC is a secular body that helps the world's major faiths develop environmental programmes based on their own core teachings, beliefs and practices.


Why work with the faiths?

The faiths are the oldest human organisations on the planet and together make up the biggest element of civil society today.

Recent News:

September 20, 2016
Spirituality a key theme in IUCN major international wildlife congress this year
The IUCN meets every four years, and it changes how nature is protected. THis year it did something extraordinary. ARC's Chantal Elkin reports back from an extraordinary and moving event

September 16, 2016
Join ARC's Martin Palmer and others at an inspiring Sacred Land weekend in Wales next month
ARC’s Martin Palmer will join BBC nature producer Mary Colwell and Welsh story-teller Dafydd Hughes-Davies in an extraordinary weekend on north Wales’ sacred and beautiful Llyn Peninsula in October.

September 15, 2016
Forest-burning is a sin, says Indonesian fatwa. Story reported around the world.
A news story on the recent fatwa in Indonesia against forest burning was reported around the world yesterday. The fatwa - Muslim edict - has been supported by ARC. It is currently being discussed how it will spin out to affect national laws.

August 22, 2016
Fifteen years on, and the Cambodia Monks Community Forest captivates the next generation
It is nearly 15 years since Ven Bun Saluth, the head monk of Sambaing Pagoda in northern Cambodia started to walk his local forest asking illegal loggers and hunters to protect the local biodiversity. Since then, a sea change has occurred.

June 30, 2016
What Laudato Si says about animals: a year on from the Green Papal Encyclical
A year ago this month, Pope Francis – named after the most famous lover of animals in Christian history – laid out the Catholic position on the environment – on our human relationship with Creation – in clear, beautiful, carefully considered language. Here we explore what he said about protecting animals.

June 22, 2016
The best "mercy release" is not to eat meat. Chinese Buddhist leaders issue groundbreaking animated feature
A moving, smart-talking plasticine animation by Chinese Buddhist community urges Buddhists to give up meat, improve karma and give animals a chance

May 4, 2016
Exciting new phase for the ValuesQuest programme
ARC is helping launch a new phase of the groundbreaking Valuesquest programme: suddenly values are seen as key to development decision-making.

April 22, 2016
New film for Earth Day urging Malaysian Muslims to protect tigers
A Malaysian documentary film was released today, Earth Day, to call on Muslims to take better care of the many wild creatures on our precious planet, concentrating on the almost extinct Malayan tiger.

March 17, 2016
Excellent new resource on religions and development from Germany
The German Federal government has just published a terrific new resource on faiths and sustainable development.

February 18, 2016
New "Assisi Award" for faith-based conservation launched - by scientists
The Society for Conservation Biology has launched a new ‘Assisi Award’ for faith-based conservation initiatives. ARC's been asked to tell as many people as possible about it.

January 25, 2016
Buddhist monks in Zanskar and Ladakh resolve to teach about snow leopard protection
After a series of workshops in remote Zanskar, northern India, supported by ARC, monks and nuns have committed for the first time to preach the message of snow leopard protection

December 21, 2015
Wonderful new Green Hindu Temple Guide
The Bhumi Project and ARC have created a Green Hindu Temples Guide: a beautifully-designed resource on how to make your temple or ashram greener and better and more Hindu in its relationship with the world around it.

Question: Who were the first environmental campaigners?
Find out the answer.

Prince Philip on Creation

Prince Philip

"If you believe in God…
then you should feel a responsibility to care for His Creation"…
ARC's founder gives a rare interview.

UN Secretary-General

The world's faith communities occupy "a unique position in discussions on the fate of our planet and the accelerating impacts of climate change… You can - and do - inspire people to change"…
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Windsor Celebration, November 2009

Key ARC initiatives

Helping the religions help fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals

Actively linking the UN's Sustainable Development Goals to the work the faiths are doing on sustainable development

China projects

ARC has been working with religions in China, especially the Daoists, for two decades on how to solve some of the country's huge environmental issues

Wildlife and Forests

ARC links faiths and secular organisations to work together to protect endangered wildlife.

Faith in Conservation: Lambeth Palace, November 18-19 2015

On November 18-19 ARC and TNC held a major meeting of the key brokers between religions and conservation over 30 years. To plan for the future and create resources to show how it's best done.

The younger generation

Children and young people play an important role in getting good things to happen.

For other programmes, see Projects