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:

April 22, 2016
New film for Earth Day urging Malaysian Muslims to protect tigers
A Malaysian documentary film was released today, Earth Day, to call on Muslims to take better care of the many wild creatures on our precious planet, concentrating on the almost extinct Malayan tiger.

April 12, 2016
Join ARC's Martin Palmer and others at an inspiring Sacred Land weekend in Wales in October
ARC’s Martin Palmer will join BBC nature producer Mary Colwell and Welsh story-teller Dafydd Hughes-Davies in an extraordinary weekend on north Wales’ sacred and beautiful Llyn Peninsula in October.

March 23, 2015
PRESS RELEASE: A record 3,500 Sikh Organisations celebrated Sikh Environment Day this year
Record numbers of gurdwaras, schools, Sikh businesses and Sikh communities not only celebrated March 14 as Sikh Environment Day but also took real actions to go green and go organic

March 17, 2016
Excellent new resource on religions and development from Germany
The German Federal government has just published a terrific new resource on faiths and sustainable development.

February 18, 2016
New "Assisi Award" for faith-based conservation launched - by scientists
The Society for Conservation Biology has launched a new ‘Assisi Award’ for faith-based conservation initiatives. ARC's been asked to tell as many people as possible about it.

January 25, 2016
Buddhist monks in Zanskar and Ladakh resolve to teach about snow leopard protection
After a series of workshops in remote Zanskar, northern India, supported by ARC, monks and nuns have committed for the first time to preach the message of snow leopard protection

December 21, 2015
Wonderful new Green Hindu Temple Guide
The Bhumi Project and ARC have created a Green Hindu Temples Guide: a beautifully-designed resource on how to make your temple or ashram greener and better and more Hindu in its relationship with the world around it.

December 15, 2015
Inspiring new charity founded to work with faiths on water, sanitation and hygiene
A new charity, inspired by a major ARC project, will work with faith groups on issues around water, sanitation and hygiene. And its first publication, produced with UNICEF, looks at how working with religions greatly increases the success of water projects.

November 18, 2015
PRESS RELEASE: French President sends letter to Heads of State about COP as matter for personal conscience
PARIS: A dramatic appeal, sent this week personally by French President Francois Hollande to every Head of State attending the launch on November 30 of the Paris Climate Change COP asks each of them to answer a simple question: “Why do I care?” about the climate.

September 9, 2015
Ten-year faith commitments launched at UN Faiths Meeting in Bristol
Faith leaders from around the world and United Nations officials gathered in Bristol, UK, this week to discuss how to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed at ending poverty and creating a more sustainable planet.

12 November 2015
Interview with Martin Palmer in China's prestigious Dangjian Magazine
【简介】彭马田(Martin Palmer),英国人,世界宗教与环境保护基金会(ARC)秘书长,长期担任爱丁堡公爵菲利普亲王的特别顾问,并与菲利普亲王一道创建了世界宗教与环境保护基金。他还是联合国信仰、气候变化与自然环境项目的联席主席,并担任联合国秘书长潘基文的信仰与环境顾问。

July 22, 2015
PRESS RELEASE: Why Do I Care? French Government makes climate change debate personal pre COP
PRESS RELEASE JULY 22: French Government to ask heads of delegations to ask, personally, Why Do I Care?

Question: Who were the first environmental campaigners?
Find out the answer.

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

Faith in Conservation: Lambeth Palace, November 18-19 2015

On November 18-19 ARC and TNC are holding a major meeting of key brokers between religions and conservation over 30 years. To plan for the future and create a guidebook to show how it's best done.

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

Wildlife and Forests

ARC links faiths and secular organisations to work together to protect endangered wildlife.

The younger generation

Children and young people play an important role in getting good things to happen.

For other programmes, see Projects