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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.

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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:

November 27, 2018
Prince Philip's environmental Sermon for Advent
This Advent Sermon by the Duke of Edinburgh was first given at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1988. His observations are even more relevant today. "Christians need to use the annual celebration of the birth of our Lord as an inspiration to become better and more considerate guardians of His Creation."

November 26, 2018
Have a happy ecological advent 2018
Are your Christmas meals and gifts the kindest that your resources will allow? Can you make Christmas a gift to the planet this year? Here also are some ecological Advent resources.

November 27, 2018
How FaithInvest started. Inspiring new video from the "TED talks" of sustainability
The faiths are major investors. They currently have billions of dollars invested in the financial markets. This new video from the Swiss Impact Investment Association of a talk by Martin Palmer and Jean-Pierre Sweerts sets in context a movement, led by the faiths, to increase the religious dollars invested in making a better world.

November 22, 2018
How connected are we with nature? The answer will predict how good we are at conservation
Join our partners on November 22 to celebrate the launch of the newest #NatureForAll publication, "Connecting with Nature to Care for Ourselves and the Earth"

November 6, 2018
The ARChive donated to the University of Bath
The ARC collection of archival material and books has now been donated to the University of Bath

September 4, 2018
The Daoists’ latest long-term eco plan bans rhino horn, ivory; addresses mercy release crisis
No rhino horn. No ivory. No killing pangolins. An important newlong-term environmental plan drafted by Chinese Daoist leadership includes guidelines that Chinese medicine should never use endangered animal parts, as well as a recognition that dongtian, "heavenly grottoes" are critical ecosystems, protected by Daoists for millennia, needing protecting now.

July 19, 2018
The road from Zug 2017 to the creation of FaithInvest
From an extraordinary, powerful meeting ARC cohosted in Zug, Switzerland in November 2017, bringing together some of the largest religious investors, a new faith-consistent investment alliance is emerging. It is called FaithInvest. It might change the world. It is certainly one of the most important initiatives ARC has ever been involved with.

June 9, 2018
Press release: Major grant from UK Aid Direct for Dignity for Girls programmes in Uganda
ARC and its partner organisation Faith in Water are delighted to announce the award of a major grant from UK Aid Direct for its Dignity for Girls project aimed at helping girls in Christian and Muslim schools in Uganda to stay in education.

April 19, 2018
Penguin India publishes important new book on Hinduism and Nature
We have just received our copy of Hinduism and Nature by historian, environmentalist (and good friend of ARC) Dr Nanditha Krishna. It is about the mythical stories and religious significance of India's varied landscapes. And how those stories are one of the things that can and might protect India's animals and places from the bulldozers of progress.

April 11, 2018
Monks Community Forest is part of important new wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia
The Cambodian government last week created a new wildlife sanctuary covering more than 30,000 hectares in Oddar Meanchey province. It includes the Sang Rukhavoan community forest, led by Venerable Bun Saluth and supported by ARC.

March 12, 2018
Buddhist traditions and conservation programmes protect rare otters on Tibetan plateau
Although the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) is locally extinct in most of its former range in China due to a combination of hunting (for its pelt) water pollution, and general habitat destruction, in one area there is a healthy population. Flora He Yifan explains why.

September 8, 2017
Read ARC's pledge for #NatureForAll
ARC is joining our partner IUCN to make a pledge for their #NatureForAll campaign, Read our pledge here.

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

FaithInvest

FaithInvest is a major new alliance cofounded by ARC, actively linking faith investors to ethical fund managers to create more positive sustainable investing

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.

The younger generation

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

 
For other programmes, see Projects