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:

January 10, 2015
How the Royal Family makes conservation cool
Waiting for delayed flights after meeting Prince William and Kate Middleton – in the US to promote wildlife conservation – The Nature Conservancy's Peter Wheeler reflects in a blog about how the British Royal Family makes conservation cool.

December 23, 2014
Landmark decision by Chinese Buddhists to ban the killing of 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 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 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.

December 11, 2014
Strong new partnership between The Nature Conservancy and ARC
ARC has agreed an important partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the largest nature NGO in the world. It was announced at a lunch hosted by HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace on December 4, and was part of the discussions at a meeting hosted by the Bishop of London.

December 3, 2014
Daoism’s role in China’s environmental strategy continues to expand
The Third International Forum of the Chinese Taoist Association held in Jiangxi, Longhu, Shan in November 2014 bore witness to the growing role of the ancient religion in China’s strategy to tackle environmental issues.

November 30, 2014
ARC enters exciting partnership with United Nations Environment Programme
ARC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNEP. In future the two will cooperate in working with faiths on environment management in Africa

November 26 2014
Green Pilgrimage Network newsletter Number 11: November 2014
Learn about the first ever UN World Tourist Organisation international event to focus on pilgrimage,welcome new GPN members, hear of developments in Canterbury and China and get access to the updated GPN handbook.

November 20, 2014
Green Hindus lead environmental discussions at the House of Lords
On Monday 17th November, Hindu environmentalists from the Bhumi Project hosted a special meeting at the British House of Lords to discuss how the British Hindu community can be more involved with current environmental concerns. 

November 19 2014
International recognition for ARC’s ‘inspirational’ faith-based educational programme
The Faith-based Education for Sustainable Development toolkit developed by ARC and our East African partners proved an inspirational eye-opener for delegates attending a UNESCO-organised world conference in Japan.

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

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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, especially through sustainable farming and wildlife protection.

Wildlife and forests

A worldwide network of partnerships protecting animals and their habitats and helping faiths look after woodlands and trees

Green Pilgrimage Network

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

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

The younger generation

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

 
For other programmes, see Projects