Alliance of Religions and Conservation

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Alliance of Religions and Conservation
Alliance of Religions and Conservation logo.png
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Abbreviation ARC
Formation 1995
Type NGO
Headquarters ARC
The House, Kelston Park
Bath BA1 9AE
United Kingdom
Region served
Official language

The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) is a United Kingdom-based international organisation founded by His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, in 1995.

ARC is a secular body whose aim is to assist the major religions of the world to develop environmental programmes based on their own core teachings, beliefs and practices. In 2007 it joined with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a significant and innovative programme to work with the world’s major faiths to address issues of global warming and the natural environment through the development of faith-based “Long Term Commitments for a Living Planet” - pledges of faith action on the environment aimed at achieving generational change.

Many of the religions working with ARC presented their Long-Term Commitments[1] at the ARC-UNDP conference in Windsor Castle in November 2009, at which Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip were present. More than 30 commitments were made in total.

At the time UNDP Assistant Secretary-General Olav Kjørven described this coming together of religion and conservation as: “potentially the biggest civil society movement on climate change in history” and “the biggest mobilisation of people and communities that we have ever seen on this issue”.[2][3]

In September 2012, as a result of support and co-ordination by ARC, 27 faith groups from sub-Saharan Africa presented their Long-Term Commitments for a Living Planet at an ARC-organised meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.[4]

Martin Palmer is the Secretary General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation.

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  1. ^ "ARC - ARC Projects - ARC-UN: Faiths' Long Term Commitments". Alliance of Religions and Conservation. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Impact of religions will have 'deeper roots' than Copenhagen". The Guardian. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Palmer, M and Finlay, V. (2003) Faith in Conservation; New Approaches to Religions and the Environment, Washington DC, The World Bank.
  4. ^ Nzwili, Fredrick (September 18, 2012). "Faith groups in Africa mobilize to protect environment". Angelican Journal. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 

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