Sacred Gifts for a Living Planet
Sacred Gifts for a Living Planet is an initiative launched by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) to encourage religious groups worldwide to make pledges to protect the environment and promote biodiversity. Launched in 2000 with 26 initial “gifts,” the program has since expanded with 14 more included by 2002. The gifts are currently implemented in North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Some influential projects include an an environmental audit and conversation program undertaken by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, a biosphere reserve created by the Islamic government in Saudi Arabia, river cleaning projects organized by Nepalese Hindus, and forest protection by Lebanese Christians.