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.

ARC

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:

June 27, 2019
ARC has closed after 23 years
ARC has closed after 23 exciting years brokering links between the world's major faiths and organisations working on environment programmes. We have made this decision for the best of reasons: we have done what we set out to do. THIS WEBSITE IS NOW ARCHIVED.

June 25, 2019
International Network for Conservation and Religion announced
An international network, INCR, is being created to provide information and consultancy support for faith-based environmental projects around the world.

June 13, 2019
A letter of thanks from HRH Prince Philip to our long-standing sponsor MOA International
HRH Prince Philip, on behalf of ARC, sent a personal letter to one of our longest standing supporters, MOA International in Japan, thanking them for standing beside us for so long.

May 6, 2019
The story of the Indonesian Muslim Conservation Movement
It was 1991. Fachruddin Mangunjaya was in his early 20s and had recently started his first conservation job with WWF-Indonesia in Jakarta. He was looking through a filing cabinet for some background papers when the label on one of the folders caught his eye. It said “RELIGIONS AND CONSERVATION.”

April 22, 2019
DEFRA grant to work with Muslims in Indonesia to reduce illegal wildlife trade
The UK Government Environment Department (DEFRA) has awarded a grant of £255,000 to ARC and our Indonesian partners. The grant, given through DEFRA's Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund will be important in engaging Muslim leaders and communities to reduce the illegal wildlife trade.

February 12, 2019
Martin Palmer profiled in Emergence Magazine
The roots of religious belief and the sacredness of nature were once closely entwined: Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder profiles ARC's Martin Palmer for Emergence Magazine (the Faith edition).

February 8, 2019
Remembering our friend and ARC poet, Jay Ramsay
ARC’s long-time poet in residence for so many events Jay Ramsay died on December 30th. He was 60 years old.

January 23, 2019
Sustainable environment needs religious bodies' partnership: report from Nigeria
Report in Nigeria's The Vanguard newspaper on ARC's visit to Nigeria earlier this month.

November 22, 2018
How connected are we with nature? The answer will predict how good we are at conservation
Join our partners on November 22 to celebrate the launch of the newest #NatureForAll publication, "Connecting with Nature to Care for Ourselves and the Earth"

September 4, 2018
The Daoists’ latest long-term eco plan bans rhino horn, ivory; addresses mercy release crisis
No rhino horn. No ivory. No killing pangolins. An important newlong-term environmental plan drafted by Chinese Daoist leadership includes guidelines that Chinese medicine should never use endangered animal parts, as well as a recognition that dongtian, "heavenly grottoes" are critical ecosystems, protected by Daoists for millennia, needing protecting now.

November 6, 2018
The ARChive donated to the University of Bath
The ARC collection of archival material and books has now been donated to the University of Bath

April 11, 2018
Monks Community Forest is part of important new wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia
The Cambodian government last week created a new wildlife sanctuary covering more than 30,000 hectares in Oddar Meanchey province. It includes the Sang Rukhavoan community forest, led by Venerable Bun Saluth and supported by ARC.

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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

FaithInvest

FaithInvest is an international charitable foundation, stemming from ARC's initial work, that assists faith groups to invest in line with their values.

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