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:

March 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 23, 2015
Interfaith Ocean Ethics Campaign launched
A new Interfaith Ocean Ethics campaign run as part of the Franciscan Action Network has been launched to let people know about the critical problems of the oceans. Beginning with pollution and overfishing and going on from there.

March 13, 2015
How one man embraced Taoism in his journey from commerce to conservation
"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 at the end with a profoundly different view of the world and its possible future."

February 20, 2015
New phase for our Africa programme
As ARC regretfully announces that our funding for the Africa programme has come to an end, we pay tribute to the outstanding achievements of our faith partners. This work is moving into a new phase, led by our faith partners in Africa.

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 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 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 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.

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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

Wildlife and Forests

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

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