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:

June 26, 2015:
One Earth One Human Family: celebration in Rome of Green Encyclical
"Global party" in Rome this weekend to celebrate Pope Francis' Environment Encyclical earlier this month

June 18, 2015
Far reaching Papal Encyclical on the Environment published today
Today, at noon Vatican time, something very extraordinary happened in the journey to link religions with conservation. Pope Francis issued an Encyclical to urge Catholics to make real changes in their lifestyles and moral and spiritual priorities, to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem”.

June 5, 2015
Why I Care: Summit of Conscience for the Climate
Why do you care about the environment? A groundbreaking summit, hosted by the French Government in Paris on July 21st, will bring together major religious and moral figures ahead of the December 2015 UN climate change COP talks to ask exactly that.

May 15, 2015
Faith in Food Shortlisted for Prestigious Food Award
ARC’s Faith in Food has been shortlisted for The Guild of Food Writers’s Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing.

May 8, 2015
UN Bristol Meeting on Faiths and the Sustainable Development Goals
UNDP and ARC are cohosting a major meeting on Faiths and the SDGs in Bristol, UK, September 7-10. This is a key part of the United Nations’ post 2015 process.

April 24, 2015
Interview with Martin Palmer in China Daily
"After two hours with him I used to go out to walk very slowly alongside the river to let my brain cool down, because it was like being in a most extraordinary storm of ideas." Interview with ARC's Martin Palmer in China Daily.

March 13, 2015
Read this review of Sacred Mountains
"If you thought you knew about ecology in China, if you thought you knew about religion in China and if you thought you knew what the future might look like this book will challenge you, enthrall you and leave you with a profoundly different view of the world."

February 18, 2015
PRESS RELEASE: Indonesian Muslim women unite for availability of water, sanitation and environmental health
Twenty-nine Muslim women’s organizations from all around Indonesia today launched a new network dedicated to bringing clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene education to everyone

December 16, 2014
Faith In Food is the Church Times pick of 2014
The leading Anglican weekly newspaper The Church Times has included ARC’s Faith in Food book at the top of its Christmas selection of top reads from 2014. Its reviewer praised it as 'the most uplifting book I have read this year'.

December 23, 2014
Landmark decision by Chinese Buddhists to ban killing wildlife
The China Buddhist Association has issued a landmark declaration calling all Buddhist followers to “Protect Life with Compassion and Mercy-Release Appropriately”.

December 16, 2014
US publishing praise for ARC's Stories of the Stranger
The anthology of stories collected and adapted by ARC about how every faith tradition has stories about looking after strangers chalks up a starred review in the influential US website Publishers Weekly this week

December 12, 2014
Prince Philip promises to keep supporting ARC's work as long as he can
ARC celebrated our 20th year at Buckingham Palace last week, and our founder, Prince Philip, promised to keep supporting our work as long as he had the strength to do so.

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

Paris Summit of Conscience

ARC is helping the French Government launch a programme with faiths on #WhyICare about the environment (before the Paris COP). Paris July 21 2015

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.

UN Bristol Meeting: Faiths and SDGs

UNDP and ARC will join to host a key meeting in Bristol on Faiths and the SDGs. September 7-10 2015.

The younger generation

Children and young people play a really important part in getting good things to happen.

For other programmes, see Projects