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:

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 25, 2014
Chinese TV turns the spotlight on Daoism’s conservation role
ARC Secretary General Martin Palmer will be one of the contributors on November 26, 2014, when Hong Kong based Phoenix Television broadcasts a debate about what Daoism contributes to environmental awareness and action in modern China.

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.

November 12, 2014
Daoism and Christianity - new podcast explores historic links
In a new podcast called ‘The Dao of Jesus’ on the Things Unseen website ARC Deputy Secretary General Alison Hilliard and Secretary General Martin Palmer discuss the ways in which Daoist thought has enabled a different reading of Christian traditions across the centuries and how this has influenced Martin’s own faith.

November 4, 2014
ARC projects score a double with the Church Times
A two-page feature in the world's leading Anglican newspaper celebrates both the latest ARC publication and ARC's Faithful Farming work in Africa.

October 28, 2014
PBS video highlights ARC’s role in religious environmentalism in China
The important US broadcaster features Martin Palmer in their report on religion and environmentalism in contemporary China.

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.

October 7, 2014
First thoughts on the new global alliance for climate-smart agriculture
One week on from the New York Climate Summit, which ARC attended through our faithful farming programme, for the launch of the new Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. ARC’s Susie Weldon reflects on what has changed.

September 18, 2014
EcoSikh Issues First Sikh Statement on Climate Change
Ahead of the September 2014 U.N. Climate Summit EcoSikh issues the first Sikh statement on taking action against climate change.

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.


This is a unique initiative, working with values and stories to create the world we want to live in. Partnership with the UN

Green Pilgrimage Network

Every year more than 200 million people go on pilgrimage. ARC is working with pilgrim places to make them 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 play a really important part in getting good things to happen.

For other programmes, see Projects