The Conservation Foundation has created a number of projects linking Faith to the Environment.
A Foundation initiative, Sharing Eden – Green teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims by Natan Levy, Harfiyah Haleem and David Shreeve and edited by Lindsay Swan shows how respect for the environment is at the heart of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths.
A grant from The Mayor of London enabled faith organisations and faith schools to plant trees throughout London to benefit the biodiversity of their local communities. The Trees for Sacred Spaces were specially chosen for their support of pollinators and qualities that reduce air pollution.
Mental health issues and loneliness are on the increase and through the Green Health initiative we hope to encourage more churches and faith organisations to use their space to establish therapeutic gardens. We’ve made a short film about how the winners of the inaugural Green Health Awards created a garden at St Paul’s Church, Camden Square. Watch Green Health – The Movie here.
Green Health Live 2 took place at Lambeth Palace in June 2019. Read the Church Times report here.
Churchyards contain huge numbers of trees that benefit local communities. The Foundation received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to organise two conferences on churchyard trees, one at Liverpool Cathedral and the other at St John’s Waterloo in London, and is developing the interest raised by establishing churchyard tree audits and local management plans so that community tree care schemes and citizen science can be encouraged.
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