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 9, 2014
China Sacred Mountains book launches this week
You're invited to the launch on Friday April 11 of a remarkable new book reveals the inside story of Daoism's remarkable revival as a social force for good in modern China.

April 9, 2014
East African Catholics publish new environmental 'toolkit'
Catholic teachings on the environment linked with African spirituality and traditional beliefs on caring for Nature have been cleverly woven together in a new book for catechists and seminarians entitled 'Stewardship Of God’s Creation'.

March 28, 2014
Successful debut for Hindu Environment Week
The first ever Hindu Environment Week (February 17-23) involved Hindu communities worldwide in environmental awareness and action.

March 28, 2014
Islamic wildlife programme launched in Afghanistan
An inspiring new Islamic environmental education programme is being rolled out in Afghanistan. It's not one of ours, but it has some inspiring materials

March 21, 2014
Press release: Sustainable agriculture manual for Muslim farmers to be launched in Kenya next week
The first manual in conservation agriculture specifically designed for Muslim farmers in Africa will be launched in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday March 27 – providing a tool to introduce millions of Muslim farmers to sustainable farming practices for the first time.

Aril 8, 2014
A new ARC resource of environmental prayers and meditations
A carefully chosen selection of inspirational and thoughtful devotions about creation and conservation from different religious traditions.

March 14, 2014
Happy Sikh Environment Day!
ARC sends greetings to Sikhs worldwide as they celebrate nature in thought, word and deed.

March 5, 2014
First ever delegation of Confucianists visits UK on mission to make China more sustainable
A distinguished delegation of senior figures from the International Confucian Ecology Alliance will be coming over to London from Beijing for the first time next week. During their visit they will meet with HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace.

March 5, 2014
Indonesian clerics issue fatwa to protect endangered species
Indonesia's supreme Muslim authority has issued an edict requiring the country's 200 million Muslims to actively protect endangered species.

January 28, 2014
Indian Conservationist discovers religious allies
In a powerful blog posting Conservation biologist Mr Dharmandra Kahndar describes how an invitation to a Green Pilgrimage Network meeting changed his attitude toward engaging religions to protect nature.

January 28, 2014
The Pope's next big encyclical could well be on the environment
According to a recent Vatican Radio report from the Holy See Press Office Pope Francis “has begun work on a draft text on the topic of ecology, which could become an encyclical.”

January 8, 2014
Islamic green awards launched for mosques
MADE in Europe - the UK-based campaigning organisation for young Muslims - has launched the Green Up! Awards to encourage mosques and other Islamic groups to address environmental issues in line with Qur'anic teaching.

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


ARC is working in Africa with Muslims, Christians and Hindus, on farming, eco-education and other green initiatives

Green Pilgrimage Network

Every year more than 200 million people go on pilgrimage. Faiths are working to make sacred places more sustainable.

Wildlife and forests

Religions are mobilising to protect the world's species and their forest habitats

The younger generation

Children and young people can often play a really important part in getting good things to happen.

For other programmes, see Projects