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. The world's major faiths are taking a lead by developing Faith Long-term Plans – commitments to 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.
This is already the biggest environmental initiative ever launched by the faiths. Dozens of faith groups have signed up to develop a Plan. The Plans will be launched in September 2021 ahead
of the UN's COP 26 Climate Conference to be held in Glasgow, UK, in November 2021.
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 organisation, 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.
FaithInvest's main role will be to encourage faiths to include policies around faith-consistent investing in their Plans, as this is our main area of focus. 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, as well as key interfaith organisations. It also includes a coalition of secular organisations whose advice and assistance will ensure the Plans are workable and effective.
See below for how to join the programme, and for more information about the seven key areas and our webinar series over the next few months.
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.
MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
For more information on the programme, including the Seven Key Areas, download the Faiths Long-term Plans Guide.
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. Find out more about our partners below.
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.
The programme has four key steps:
September 2020: Announcement of the programme at the UN Biodiversity Summit in New York.
September 2020 to September 2021: Faith groups develop their Plans.
September/October 2021: Formal launch of the first round of Plans, ahead of the November COP 26 climate negotiations.
September 2021 to November 2021: Programme of advocacy, awareness raising and launch of the second round of Plans
Our webinar seriess on the Faith Long-term Plans focuses on different aspects of the seven key areas. Sign up to be notified about them below or check out our events page for more details. You can also watch recordings of the webinars you have missed on our webinars page.
Tues 20 October 2020: How to Create Your Long-term Plan, plus an overview of the programme.
Thurs November 19: Assets – Construction and Buildings
Thurs December 3: Education and Young People
Wed January 13: Assets – Land & Forests, Water, Wildlife and Habitat Protection
Tues January 19: Lifestyles
Thurs February 4: Partnerships, Eco-twinning and new Environment Departments
Tues February 23: Celebrations
March (date TBC): Assets - Financial Investments
Thurs April 15: Wisdom
Tues April 27: Media and Advocacy
2009 FAITH COMMITMENTS
The Faith Long-term Plans programme builds on the success of the original Faith Commitments programme, organised by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation and launched in 2009 by HRH Prince Philip and the UN Secretary General HE Ban Ki-moon. It resulted in more than 60 plans which have profoundly shaped the faiths’ response to key environmental issues over the last decade.
Find out what the participating faith groups pledged during the 2009 programme. Click below for the Plans.
Helping the faiths engage with and inspire the investing world.
Helping the investing world navigate and support the faiths.