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:

October 14, 2014
Canterbury launches partnership with pilgrimages
The historic cathedral city of Canterbury has launched the Green Pilgrimage Canterbury Partnership bringing together some 40 local sacred sites, pilgrim routes, food producers and tourism authorities in a commitment to making pilgrimage through the region environmentally friendly.

October 7, 2014
First thoughts on the new global alliance for climate-smart agriculture
One week on from the New York Climate Summit, which ARC attended through our faithful farming programme, for the launch of the new Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. ARC’s Susie Weldon reflects on what has changed.

September 24, 2014
Economist article celebrates religions' role in challenging climate change
As the UN Climate Summit opens in Washington a major column in The Economist identifies the legacy of environmental action led by faith organisations over the years.

September 23, 2014
"Bright new light on ancient ideas"
Martin Palmer's 'fluid translation' of a Chinese classic has won the approval of China Daily's Paul Bolding

September 18, 2014
EcoSikh Issues First Sikh Statement on Climate Change
Ahead of the September 2014 U.N. Climate Summit EcoSikh issues the first Sikh statement on taking action against climate change.

September 15, 2014
Join faiths praying for a strong climate treaty in Paris 2015
Spiritual and religious leaders from around the world are launching the interfaith initiative to let world leaders see the moral imperative for a global climate treaty by the December 2015 Meetings in Paris. Includes a new prayer by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

September 10, 2014
Great review for Sacred Mountains in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post
"Stikker's business-slanted take on ecology and spirituality is intriguing..." says the South China Morning Post.

September 5, 2014
ARC statement on Global Alliance for Climate-smart Agriculture
This month a Global Alliance for Climate-smart Agriculture will be launched as a major new initiative to promote more sustainable forms of agriculture. ARC explains why we have decided to join the Alliance.

September 2, 2014
Islamic Farming introduced to Uganda
Following the successful introduction of Islamic Farming in Kenya the first group of Ugandan farmers has now been taught the principles of this sustainable method..

July 29, 2014
Powerful, poetic and playful - heaps of praise for Faith In Food
We don't like to brag but ... plenty of people have been very complimentary about our newly published book. Read what they say here.

June 14, 2014
Stories of the Stranger: The world’s stories remind us of the value of compassion
Contemporary writers retell stories old and new, gathered from many cultures, united by the theme of encounters with exiles and outsiders.

June 4, 2014
ValuesQuest; Culture, Creativity and Values Launched at Ise by Olav Kjørven, Assistant Secretary General of the UN
ValuesQuest; Culture, Creativity and Values Launched at Ise by Olav Kjørven, Assistant Secretary General of the UN

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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

Faiths for Green Africa

Faiths throughout Africa are working to make the continent greener and cleaner.


This is a unique initiative, working with values and stories to create the world we want to live in. Partnership with the UN

Green Pilgrimage Network

Every year more than 200 million people go on pilgrimage. ARC is working with pilgrim places to make them more sustainable.

Wildlife and forests

Protecting animals and their habitats and helping faiths look after woodlands and trees

The younger generation

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

For other programmes, see Projects