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:

February 4, 2016
Korean conservation groups join ARC network
Following from ARC’s landmark Lambeth meeting of brokers between religions and the environment in November, a new organisation in South Korea has been inspired to undertake an ambitious and exciting Faith and Forestry initiative.

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 16, 2015
Pilgrim to Santiago writes about how the Way taught him to be green
A three times pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain reports about his experience being a green pilgrim, and about how the "camino" has taught him the importance of living sustainably. Landon Roussel's book The Camino Primitivo is published this month.

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 25, 2015
Letter to ARC faith representatives from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has sent a powerful letter of support to the faith representatives at the UN-ARC Faith in the Future event in Bristol. The event deals specifically with the role and opportunities of religions in supporting the new UN Sustainable Development Goals

November 18, 2015
PRESS RELEASE Pilgrim cities around the world to go greener thanks to Schwarzenegger initiative
“Faithful Cities – pilgrims for a living planet” will work with pilgrimage cities of the world to develop sustainable technology and make them greener, cleaner and more resilient.

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.

13th November 2015
PRESS RELEASE. First ever meeting of brokers for faith and conservation programmes
Landmark meeting at Lambeth Palace November 17-18 to celebrate 30 years of collaboration between Faiths and Conservation.

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.

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?

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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

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