The Earth and all living things are as mutually dependent as bees and honey are.
- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
FAITH LONG-TERM PLANS
The destruction of the natural environment – including the impact of climate change – is the biggest challenge to all life on earth. It threatens the survival of communities and puts the diversity and wonder of nature at risk.
And it is at this time, when the world is facing the global shocks of coronavirus and the resulting economic crisis, that the world's major faiths are taking a lead by developing Faith Long-term Plans – commitments looking at how they will manage their assets, investments, influence and resources to drive action on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development over the next seven to ten years.
We invite all faith groups to join the programme
which will be launched in 2021, ahead of the UN's COP26 climate conference.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Faith Long-term Plans are a response to the triple crises of climate change, ecological devastation and the impact of Covid-19 on national commitments around the Sustainable Development Goals.
The 2020 initiative builds on the success of the original 2009 Faith Commitments programme, organised by FaithInvest's parent organsation, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC). This resulted in more than 60 plans that have profoundly shaped the faiths' response to key environmental issues over the last decade.
WHO ARE THE ORGANISERS?
The 2020 Faith Long-term Plans programme is organised by a coalition of partners: FaithInvest, the International Network for Conservation and Religion (INCR) and WWF.
Our legacy of working with faiths on this issue, through ARC, is one reason why we are involved in the 2020 Faith Long-term Plans programme – because we have close contacts with many of the faiths engaged again now.
But the main reason is our focus on faith-consistent investing. FaithInvest's main role will be to encourage faiths to include policies around faith-consistent investing in their Plans. INCR will lead on the rest of the programme, with WWF providing expert advice and support on key environmental issues.
The programme involves all the major traditions within Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Daoist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Shinto and Sikh faith organisations, as well as with key interfaith organisations. It also includes a coalition of secular organisations whose advice and assistance will ensure the Plans are workable and effective.
SEVEN KEY AREAS
The Plans cover seven key areas in which the world's religions can have a significant impact on environmental action through their resources and traditions.
Faith consistent use of assets – including their investments, purchasing power, buildings and land
Education and young people – in both formal and informal settings
Wisdom, including theology, liturgies and prayer
Lifestyles, including traditions of simple living, pilgrimage
Media and outreach, including influence, advocacy and guides
Partnerships, eco-twinning and creating faith environment departments
Celebration, including festivals and traditions
The programme is coordinated by FaithInvest, the International Network for Conservation and Religion (INCR) and WWF's Beliefs and Values Programme.
FaithInvest is interested primarily in the first key area: use of assets – in particular, how the faiths use their investments. Our partner INCR will lead on the other elements of the seven key areas, providing specific guidance and resources on its website, https://incrworld.org, over the coming weeks and months.
For more information on the programme, download the Faiths Long-term Plans Guide.
The programme has four key steps:
September 2020: Announcement of the programme at the UN Biodiversity Summit in New York.
September 2020-May 2021: Faith groups develop their Plans.
June 2021: Formal launch of the first round of Plans, ahead of the November COP 26 climate negotiations.
June 2021 to November 2021: Programme of advocacy, awareness raising and launch of the second round of Plans
FaithInvest and INCR will be holding a series of webinars on the Faith Long-term Plans in coming months. The first webinar will be on Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 1530 GMT. If you cannot attend, a recording of the webinar will be available to watch on the INCR website afterwards.
Subsequent webinars will focus on each of the seven key areas. Sign up to be notified about them below.
JOIN THE PROGRAMME
We invite all faith groups to develop a Faith Long-term Plan focusing on how they will use their assets, leadership and influence to address climate change and protect the planet. Signing up to join the programme is easy: just follow the three steps below.
Helping the faiths engage with and inspire the investing world.
Helping the investing world navigate and support the faiths.