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:

October 3, 2017
Major Catholic church funds to make record divestment from fossil fuels
As more than 40 significant Catholic institutions pledge to make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi, ARC prepares for a landmark meeting in Zug, where representatives from significant religious funds will discuss where they CAN put their investment wealth to make a better planet.

September 30, 2017
Why the global food industry is killing wild animals and why it matters
ARC's secretary-general Martin Palmer will be giving a talk at Compassion In World Farming's extraordinary and important conference in October on how over-farming is leading to extinction of species. Here he explains how a new narrative is needed, because the current system is about excess, greed and foolishness disguised as ‘market forces’.

September 27, 2017
The Ecologist asks: Can religion help save the planet's wildlife and environment?
Religious values are often consistent with conservation efforts. So it’s not surprising that a variety of religious organisations and conservationists are working together writes CURTIS ABRAHAM, citing ARC's work along with many other initiatives

September 8, 2017
Read ARC's pledge for #NatureForAll
ARC is joining our partner IUCN to make a pledge for their #NatureForAll campaign, Read our pledge here.

September 3, 2017
Economist article this week about faiths investing in the environment
The Economist quotes ARC's Zug Faith in Finance event, and asks how fast should religious investors divest from oil, gas and coal...

August 2, 2017
The Duke of Edinburgh's last official engagement today
The Captain General's Parade at Buckingham Palace today was the Duke of Edinburgh's last official solo engagement. Since 1952 he has attended over 22,000 solo engagements. Some of them have been for ARC.

June 14, 2017
A statue of the Virgin Mary protects a Philippines coral reef from dynamite fishing
A 14 foot statue of the Virgin Mary, sunk into the coral waters around Bohol, Philippines has caused catastrophic dynamite fishing to end

May 30, 2017
ARCs 2016 Strategic Review
In 2016 we took stock of ARC’s position, 21 years after we were founded.

May 4, 2017
How three Daoist Masters went to Windsor to meet the Prince
His Royal Highness Prince Philip today announced his retirement from his official duties. For more than 30 years, as the founder of ARC, he has been supporting the work of religions around the world protecting the environment. His most recent official engagement for ARC was two weeks ago, at Windsor Castle. Three Daoist Masters came from China to tell the Prince about their environmental challenges and their amazing projects. Here is the story behind that meeting.

March 15, 2017
Sikh Environment Day reached 2 million people in 15 countries and 21 states this year
A record 5,000 Sikh Gurdwaras, institutions, schools and communities all across India and all over the world celebrated Sikh Environment Day on March 14 this year, more than any other year since the celebration began in 2010.

March 8 2017
China's prestigious Sixth Tone writes how Daoist monks find new role as environmentalists
Daoists follow wu wei — letting things follow their natural flow. But the environmental degradation in China horrified some Daoists them so much that they decided to do something out of character. They agreed to take action. Great story by China's Sixth Tone magazine about ARC's work with Daoists.

December 12, 2016
What has faith to do with finance? Inspiring book launched in China with global impact
What on Earth have religions to do with international finance? Quite a lot in fact, and this week ARC, with UNDP and OECD, launched a groundbreaking exploration on how faith money can help make a good, sustainable future happen. "Important." "Inspiring" and "This could change the future" have been the first comments. Because you've visited ARC's home page, you can read it here first.

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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

Zug Oct/Nov 2017 Faith in Finance meeting

Actively linking faith investors to ethical fund managers to create more positive sustainable investing

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