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Faiths and Ecology

Christianity and Ecology edited by Elizabeth Breuilly and Martin Palmer
London: WWF, 1992
From the radical teachings of St Francis to the contemporary actions of Orthodox, Protestant an Catholic churches worldwide, this book looks at how churches have been responnding to the question: "what does Christianity offer to the environmental debate?" Cassell World Religions and Ecology series.
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Dancing to Armageddon by Martin Palmer, with foreword by Jonathon Porritt
Aquarian Press; 1992
A radical, humorous reappraisal of the green movement asking whether the apparent greening of corporate and governmental policies is actually working. Is the world dancing to Armageddon because we are trapped in outdated models, whether we are environmentalists or faith members? If so, then what are the alternatives?
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Don't Stop at the Lights by David Shreeve and Clare Foster
Church House Publishing
A lively guide from the Church of England about reducing your carbon footprint. "This book offers us not just tips on saving but a reorientation," says the Bishop of London, Rt Rev Richard Chartres. Order from the Church House Publishing website for £14.99.


Holy Ground by Joanne Edwards and Martin Palmer
Pilkington Press, 1997
A guide to how nine major religions teach about faith and ecology. Includes the groundbreaking 1986 Assisi Declarations. £6.00 inc. UK postage.
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Islam and Ecology edited by Fazlun Khalid with Joanne O'Brien
Cassell, London 1992
The first Islamic conservationist was the Prophet Muhammed who taught that human beings have the role of stewards to God’s creation. This book explores how traditional teachings can be used to solve contemporary environmental issues. Cassell World Religions and Ecology series.
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Reconciling With Creation, Source Book  compiled by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
Environmental Science for Social Change, 2013
This collection of papers from the Jesuit environmental networks brings together aids to reflection, material about the ecological dimension of the Jesuit mission and reports of practical and strategic ecological action being undertaken by Jesuits across the Asian Pacific region. The book's positive focus aims not to overwhelm the reader but rather to lay the foundation by which people can engage in the environmental mission with a sense of hope. The book is not currently available through Amazon but can be ordered directly here for €12 plus air-mail costs from Manila, Philippines.


Sacred Sites in Mongolia by Dr O. Sukhbaatar
published in Mongolian with a foreword in English
World Bank, Ulaanbaator 2002
This is the result of extensive searches through Mongolia’s Buddhist heritage – much of which was feared lost during the Communist era – to rediscover the sacred texts about landscape. It was published in the hope that, remembering how their land is sacred, people will today take more care and look after it.
(currently out of print – due to be enlarged and reprinted in mid 2004)
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Stewardship and the Creation: LDS Perspectives on the Environment Edited by Terry B Ball, George B Handley, Steven L Peck
Brigham Young University, USA, 2006
The essays in this book inspire members of the Church of Latter-day Saints to consider carefully their stewardship in caring for God’s creations. It also encourages finding common ground with those of other persuasions, and offers a vital perspective on environmental stewardship that encompasses the best impulses of liberal generosity and conservative restraint.


The Bible and the Environment Rev Meg Guillebaud
lulu.com, 2011
What does the Bible teach about the environment? What are our responsibilities as Christians for the environment? How then should we live to preserve our world? Rwanda-based Rev Meg Guillebaud's latest book examines these issues and provides topics and questions for discussions by bible study groups.
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Tree of Life: Buddhism and Protection of Nature with a preface by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet
Buddhist Perception of Nature, Hong Kong 1987, 1999
“This book and the project which brought it about, Buddhist Perception of Nature, are important new educational approaches to the ecological disasters resulting from man’s destruction of nature, and what can and must be done to conserve the world’s living resources” (Sir Peter Scott) read the preface
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Vedic Ecology: Practical Wisdom for Surviving the 21st Century by Ranchor Prime
Mandala Publishing, San Rafael 2002
A race for increased consumption, coupled with a population explosion, are straining the limits of our sustainability on earth. Vedic Ecology offers insightful advice from an unexpected source, ancient Vedic literature. Ranchor Prime interviews contemporary environmental activists and thinkers and includes poetry, art and ancient wisdom in this timely work.
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Latest news

February 15, 2017:
PRESS RELEASE: Religions to be partners in Earth Hour 2017
A new initiative, led by WWF-UK and with the help of ARC brings Earth Hour to churches and other places of worshipy. The hope is to encourage even more Christians and members of other religious communities to come together, switch off the electricity, light candles and think about protecting the planet and how to live more simply. Resource pack available here.

February 9, 2017:
BBC Earth says religions can make us more eco-friendly. Or not.
The BBC this week published a significant story about how religions can work for the environment. Lots of success stories and a few failures.

January 25, 2017:
"A Buddhist Tradition to Save Animals Has Taken an Ugly Turn" National Geographic reports
ARC's Claudia He Yun recently witnessed an incident outside a Buddhist temple in the Tiantai Mountains. People placing a turtle in a shallow moat. A monk standing reciting a blessing for the turtle. “It was probably a sea turtle and it will probably die,” says He. National Geographic reports on ARC's work with Buddhists in China to make "mercy release" "compassionate release".

January 11 2017:
"Burn only 3 sticks for New Year" urges Buddhist Association of China
The Buddhist Association of China, Chinese Buddhism's main administrative body, has made a special animation to encourage people to avoid burning big or many incense sticks as the Spring Festival and the Chinese New Year of the Rooster is approaching.

December 22, 2016:
ARC's work and partners featured in National Geographic wildlife story
The work of ARC and our partners in the faiths was featured in National Geographic's pre Christmas December edition. The article describes how, with no end in sight to the illegal wildlife trade, secular organizations are working with religious leaders to help combat poaching and sales of wild creatures.