The Alliance of Religions and Conservation will be closing
Bath, United Kingdom30 June 2019
ARC will be closing at the end of June, 2019 after 23 exciting years brokering links and projects and programmes between the world’s major faiths and international organisations and NGOs working on environment programmes.
ARC was founded in 1995 in order to help the religions work on conservation, and for conservation organisations to work with religions. When ARC started many people – on all sides – thought there was little connection between religions and the environment. Now it is rare to find anyone in a key decision-making role who is sceptical.
According to Martin Palmer, ARC’s secretary general, “ARC will close for the best of possible reasons. The organisation has done what initially set out to do. In the past 23 years we have seen an incredible rise in the global perception (by governments, NGOs, religious leaders, religious followers and members of the general public) of the importance of religions in environment and conservation programmes. ARC was an idea, and it was clear from the start that when that idea will be taken up it will be time to close. Now is that time”.