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:

September 24, 2015
PRESS RELEASE: ARC calls for real partnership with faiths, not tokenism
As the Pope prepares to address the United Nations tomorrow, ARC issues a call for “real partnership, not tokenism” with faith groups. Martin Palmer said the faiths need more than "just walk-on parts in the drama of the Sustainable Development Goal processs".

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 27, 2015
Daoist ecological herbal nursery and sustainable calligraphy ink initiative
Daoist monks at Zhengyang temple in Xianyang, Sha'anxi province inaugurated an Ecological TCM Herbal Nursery. It is the third in China, and is an important step in raising awareness of the ecological consquences of TCM throughout the country.

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?

July 21, 2015
Cardinal Turkson addresses the Summit of Consciences for the Climate
Cardinal Turkson addresses the Summit of Consciences for the Climate, hosted at the Élysée Palace, Paris.

July 21, 2015
News coverage of the Summit of Conscience, Paris July 21 2015
News coverage of the Summit of Conscience, Paris July 21, 2015

June 18, 2015
Far reaching Papal Encyclical on the Environment published today
Today something very extraordinary happened in the journey to link religions with conservation and conservation with religions. The Pope issued an encyclical urging Catholics to make real changes in their priorities to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem”.

June 5, 2015
Why I Care: Summit of Conscience for the Climate
Why do you care about the environment? A groundbreaking summit, hosted by the French Government in Paris on July 21st, will bring together major religious and moral figures ahead of the December 2015 UN climate change COP talks to ask exactly that.

May 8, 2015
UN Bristol Meeting on Faiths and the Sustainable Development Goals
UNDP and ARC are cohosting a major meeting on Faiths and the SDGs in Bristol, UK, September 7-10. This is a key part of the United Nations’ post 2015 process.

May 15, 2015
Faith in Food Shortlisted for Prestigious Food Award
ARC’s Faith in Food has been shortlisted for The Guild of Food Writers’s Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing.

April 24, 2015
Interview with Martin Palmer in China Daily
"After two hours with him I used to go out to walk very slowly alongside the river to let my brain cool down, because it was like being in a most extraordinary storm of ideas." Interview with ARC's Martin Palmer in China Daily.

February 18, 2015
PRESS RELEASE: Indonesian Muslim women unite for availability of water, sanitation and environmental health
Twenty-nine Muslim women’s organizations from all around Indonesia today launched a new network dedicated to bringing clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene education to everyone

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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 the Future: UN Bristol Meeting on religions and SDGs

Faiths launched 10-year action plans at a key meeting hosted by UNDP and ARC in Bristol, September 8-9, 2015, to discuss faiths and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Paris Summit of Conscience: Why Do I Care about climate

In July 2015 ARC helped the French Government launch a programme on #WhyDoICare: making the climate an issue of personal conscience pre COP21. Paris July 21 2015

The younger generation

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

For other programmes, see Projects