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About the Forum

The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology is an international multireligious project contributing to a new academic field and an engaged moral force of religious environmentalism. With its conferences, publications, monthly newsletter, and website, it explores religious worldviews, texts, and ethics in order to contribute to environmental solutions along with science, policy, law, economics, and appropriate technology.

The Forum was founded in 1998 by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim and has been based at Yale University since 2006. Please explore the About Us section for more information on the Mission, History, and Projects of the Forum.

Others have been critical to leading this work early on, especially the National Religious Partnership on the EnvironmentGreen FaithInterfaith Power and Light, Earth Ministry, Faith in Place, and Blessed Tomorrow in the United States. In Britain, the Alliance of Religion and Conservation (ARC) has done tireless work led by Martin Palmer with the support of Prince Philip. The European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment has made important contributions to advance scholarly research through conferences and publications.

Coming December 8! New Religion & Ecology Online Courses

We are pleased to announce that on December 8, 2021, we will launch six free courses on “Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community.” These will be released through Yale University and the Coursera online learning platform. The courses are free to audit, available anywhere in the world, and pursued at your own pace. Community mentors are provided for each course for further support and engagement. Go here to see the full list of courses and find out more details on this exciting new offering.

We hope you will join us for this new online journey. As soon as the courses are live and open for enrollment, we will post a link to them here, and announce it via our email newsletter. Sign up today to be the first to know!

 

FORE SPOTLIGHTS Video/Podcast Series

Spotlights Clips  2.11 ~ Dialogue about Death with Mallory McDuff
This is a clip from the episode of Spotlights featuring the writer and educator, Mallory McDuff, PhD, a teacher and writer at Warren Wilson College. She discusses the importance of talking about death, reflecting on her latest book, Our Last Best Act: Planning for the End of Our Lives to Protect the People and Places We Love (Broadleaf Books, 2021). The music at the introduction and conclusion of the clip comes from the song “You Carry My Love,” by Elizabeth Teague. You can find more information about the book on the publisher’s website: https://www.broadleafbooks.com/store/… You can watch the full episode here: https://youtu.be/TFzsR2Dvgqg

 

You can also access the SPOTLIGHTS series as audio podcasts by going here
Watch all episodes of Spotlights from our archive page

Check back here each Monday for a new episode. 
 
Congratulations to FORE Spotlights for being named one of the 20 best podcasts of 2021 on environmental activism!

 

Faith Action on the UN SDGs

In September 2020, UNEP’s Faith for Earth Initiative, the Parliament of the World’s ReligionsUnited Religions Initiative, and Bhumi Global published a report to celebrate the five year anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The report featured data they had collected on faith-based organizations around the world doing work that fell within the scope of the environmental SDGs. See the report here.

Only a fraction of the collected data was used in the written report, so these organizations partnered with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology to bring the complete information to the public here on this site as a living, evolving, searchable database. Additional organizations and projects are added on a quarterly basis. If your faith-based organization is working on a project that falls within the environmental SDGs, and you wish to be included in this list, please fill out our submission form. See the form for required project criteria.

Go to the database →

Submit your project →

 

 

Partner Organizations

UNEP: Faith for Earth Initiative

The mission of Faith for Earth is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.  On May 4, 2020 UNEP Faith for Earth announced a partnership with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. See our Faith for Earth page for further information.

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) is an international, multi-faith alliance that works to bring moral urgency and faith-based leadership to global efforts to end tropical deforestation. They provide a platform for religious leaders to work hand-in-hand with indigenous peoples, governments, civil society organizations and businesses on actions that protect rainforests and safeguard the indigenous peoples that serve as their guardians. Read more.

Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force

The Parliament of the World’s Religions, acting with the leadership of its Climate Action Task Force, seeks to encourage and enable collective and individual action to reduce and counter the adverse impacts of human-caused climate change. Read more.

Religions for Peace

Religions for Peace is where the world’s religions join together to ensure that all people enjoy peace, harmony, and prosperity. We are more than an organisation. For 50 years, Religions for Peace has been a movement changing the world and challenging the status quo through our mutual conviction that religions are more powerful, inspiring, and impactful when they work together. Read more.

Greenfaith

GreenFaith inspires, educates, organizes, and mobilizes people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds globally for environmental action. Our work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. We believe that protecting the Earth is a sacred act, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility. Read more.

Center for Earth Ethics

The Center for Earth Ethics envisions a world where value is measured according to the sustained well-being of all people and our planet. They work to cultivate the public consciousness needed to make changes in policy and culture that will establish a new value system based on this vision. Their four core programs are: Eco-ministry; Environmental Justice & Civic Engagement; Original Caretakers; and Sustainability & Global Affairs. Read more

Rotating Header photos: Faith leaders process to the Ise shrine,©Alexander Mercer, courtesy of ARC; Newspaper Rock, Utah; Maukib procession Kano, Nigeria, ©Darul Qadiriyyah, Courtesy of ARC; Cambodian monks ordaining trees, ©Chantal Elkin, Courtesy of ARC