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:

July 22, 2014
Article on ARC's Ise event in Huffington Post, by UN Deputy Secretary General
"A few weeks ago, I was again struck by luck. I got to attend a remarkable gathering in Ise, Japan. " UN Deputy SG, Olav Kjorven writes movingly about his journey, with ARC, to link faiths with environment and development, with positive, sustainable results.

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.

July 15, 2014
Confucius returns to the mainland: South China Morning Post story
The heat was intense. As the speakers took the podium in the gardens of Shenzhen Polytechnic a young woman fainted. Within a few seconds, a second student followed... article by ARC's Victoria Finlay on the return of Confucianism, ARC's latest faith partner.

July 1 2014
Church Times and Independent both hail Ise agenda
The worlds leading Anglican newspaper joined one of the UK’s most influential daily papers in publishing a feature article about the ISE conference organised jointly by ARC and Jinja Honcho, the Association of Shinto Shrines.

June 25, 2014
Singapore's faith communities get a new environmental handbook
The publication of Faith and Nature aims to encourage faith groups in Singapore to take environmental action.

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.

Jun 10, 2014
China's modern problems find ancient solutions: Daoism's remarkable new story
A new book gives one man's eyewitness account of the 21st century revitalisation of Chinese Daoism from reviled neglect to a guiding force for urgently needed environmental action.

Jun 11, 2014
ValuesQuest: the next step
In an important development the ARC and Club of Rome collaboration moves to become an independent organisation in its own right.

June 2, 2014
The day an ancient taboo bowed out
Today ARC walked with one of the most traditional religions in the world, the Shinto of Japan, as they took a deliberate step to open up to the international world.

May 13, 2014
Three Daoist pilgrim cities join the Green Pilgrimage Network
Three Daoist pilgrim cities joined the Green Pilgrimage Network last month, at a Daoist ecological meeting in the remote city of Ziyang in the Qinling mountains.

March 21, 2014
PRESS RELEASE: Sustainable agriculture manual for Muslim farmers to be launched in Kenya next week
The first manual in conservation agriculture specifically designed for Muslim farmers in Africa will be launched in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday March 27 – providing a tool to introduce millions of Muslim farmers to sustainable farming practices for the first time.

Aril 8, 2014
A new ARC resource of environmental prayers and meditations
A carefully chosen selection of inspirational and thoughtful devotions about creation and conservation from different religious traditions.

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

Faiths for Green Africa

Faiths throughout Africa are working - through their beliefs, traditions and massive outreach - to make the continent greener and cleaner.

Culture, Creativity and Values

Culture, Creativity and Values is an unique initiative with the UN, working with values and stories to create the world we want to live in.

Green Pilgrimage Network

Every year more than 200 million people go on pilgrimage. ARC is working with faiths around the world to make sacred places 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 can often play a really important part in getting good things to happen.

 
For other programmes, see Projects