SNAPP TEAM:Faith and Conservation
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How can conservation and faith groups work more effectively together to reach shared environmental and social goals?

Launched just after the pope’s encyclical on care for our common home, highlighting the link between climate change and social justice (May 2015), this group builds on past partnerships between faith and conservation groups to enhance environmental health and human well-being outcomes. This one-meeting group convened faith and environmental leaders to explore opportunities for a lasting partnership to respond to pressing global challenges. The meeting was held Nov 17-18, 2015 in the medieval Palace of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace, across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament. The meeting was opened officially by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. It brought together faith and conservation leaders from around the world, including China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, India, Maldives, Kenya, Italy, USA, and UK.

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We inspired a sustainability initiative in major pilgrimage cities and a “Letter of Conscience” to heads of state at the 2015 Paris Climate Change COP.

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Enlisting faith in the fight to save the planet
(Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
News coverage
Letter of conscience from French President Francois Hollande to Paris COP21 attendees
(ARC World)
News coverage
Pilgrim cities around the world to go greener thanks to Schwarzenegger initiative SNAPP spinoff initiative
Why conservation needs religion
(Coastal Management)
Peer-reviewed paper
Team Leaders
Elizabeth McLeod
The Nature Conservancy
Martin Palmer
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
Team Members
Adam Taylor
The World Bank
Chantal Elkin
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
Charles Odira
Commission of Ecumenism
Chris Elisera
Creation Care
Chris Naylor
A Rocha International
Claudia He
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
Dan Misleh
Catholic Climate Covenant
Dave Livermore
The Nature Conservancy
Dekila Chungyalpa
World Wildlife Fund
Elizabeth Allison
California Institute of Integral Studies
Fachrudin Mangunjaya
Conservation International
Fletcher Harper
Gopal Patel
Bhumi Project
He Xiaoxin
University of Manchester
Husna Ahmed
World Muslim Leadership Forum
John Grim
Yale University
Katharine Hayhoe
ATMOS Research
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Yale University
Peter Clyne
Wildlife Conservation Society
Peter Wheeler
The Nature Conservancy
Phil Tabas
The Nature Conservancy
Pippa Moss
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
Sally Bingham
Canon for the Environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California
Sanjay Rattan
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Tony Whitten
Flora Fauna International
Victoria Finlay
Alliance of Religions and Conservation