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.

ARC

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:

January 11 2017
"Burn only 3 sticks for New Year" urges Buddhist Association of China
The Buddhist Association of China, Chinese Buddhism's main administrative body, has made a special animation to encourage people to avoid burning big or many incense sticks as the Spring Festival and the Chinese New Year of the Rooster is approaching.

December 22, 2016
ARC's work and partners featured in National Geographic wildlife story
The work of ARC and our partners in the faiths was featured in National Geographic's pre Christmas December edition. The article describes how, with no end in sight to the illegal wildlife trade, secular organizations are working with religious leaders to help combat poaching and sales of wild creatures.

December 12, 2016
What has faith to do with finance? Inspiring book launched in China with global impact
What on Earth have religions to do with international finance? Quite a lot in fact, and this week ARC, with UNDP and OECD, launched a groundbreaking exploration on how faith money can help make a good, sustainable future happen. "Important." "Inspiring" and "This could change the future" have been the first comments. Because you've visited ARC's home page, you can read it here first.

November 10 2016
Korean edition of Faith in Conservation
In 2002 Faith in Conservation, written by ARC, proved to be a surprising bestseller in the World Bank book list. This year a Korean edition was published. And the English edition just keeps on going.

September 15, 2016
Forest-burning is a sin, says Indonesian fatwa. Story reported around the world.
A news story on the fatwa in Indonesia against forest burning was reported around the world yesterday. The fatwa (Muslim edict) is supported by ARC.

October 28, 2016
Could Diwali be festival of 'solar lights'? CNN story, by ARC Hindu partner organisation
As Diwali, the festival of lights, approaches, faith leaders have come together to advocate the benefits of solar power.

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 15, 2016
Forest-burning is a sin, says Indonesian fatwa. Story reported around the world.
A news story on the fatwa in Indonesia against forest burning was reported around the world yesterday. The fatwa (Muslim edict) is supported by ARC.

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.

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?
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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