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:

December 16, 2014
UK publishing world praises Stories of the Stranger
The anthology of stories collected and adapted by ARC chalks up a 'starred'review in the influential Publishers Weekly.

December 16, 2014
Faith In Food makes the Pick of the Year list
The leading Anglican weekly newspaper Church Times has included ARC’s Faith in Food book in its annual Christmas selection of top reads.

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 10, 2014
New chapter in Daoist ecology
“When we first met with Daoists in 1994 there was about 30 people in a freezing cold room inside a dilapidated temple. How great that now it was an amazing presentation in front of a large crowd.” ARC's Martin Palmer talks about the progress made by Daoism in meeting the country's huge environmental challenges.

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 24, 2014
Faith leaders call for Faithful Farming to be practiced across Africa
African faith leaders have called on faith communities to practice faith-based sustainable agriculture - and for an Alliance of Faithful Farming to be established to spearhead these efforts - in order to grow more food, reduce poverty and protect the environment.

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.

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.

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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