Environment

Overview

Ecological footprint (EF) analysis reveals that the continued depletion of nature’s finite reserves is unsustainable. This overuse manifests in the alarming phenomena of climate change, air pollution, water scarcity, and deforestation, permeating various environmental sectors.

ACRL-RfP recognizes the urgency of addressing these interconnected crises and is committed to contributing to Africa’s journey towards a globally inclusive green and blue economy. Our commitment is to promote a sustainable environment by protecting the Earth and restoring ecosystems, strengthening resilience against climate impacts, incorporating climate change measures into policy, and promoting education and awareness.

The aim is to address ecological challenges and empower religious leaders to advocate responsible environmental stewardship and climate action, fostering a transformative movement for a resilient, sustainable, and harmonious future

Heal Our Planet, Together: Answering the
Call to Environmental Stewardship

Join ACRL-RfP's transformative movement for a sustainable future in Africa.

How We Make

Change

Conservation Agriculture, an initiative spearheaded by ACRL-RfP and inspired by the principles of ‘Farming God’s Way,‘ embodies a sustainable farming approach designed to preserve and enhance the health of the environment, soil, and ecosystems, emphasizing three key practices: minimum soil disturbances, permanent soil cover, crop rotation and diversification to protect indigenous species.

Aligned with the principles of agroecology and sustainable agriculture movements, Conservation Agriculture promotes sustainable and efficient farming practices to ensure long-term productivity while minimizing negative environmental impacts. Adopting these practices contributes to the preservation of natural resources, enhancement of biodiversity, and greater resilience to climate change, aligning with SDG 15, “Life on Land.”

Through dedicated efforts, ACRL-RfP is committed to:

  • Equip religious leaders with the knowledge and skills to become champions of Conservation Agriculture within their communities.
  • Support religious leaders to conduct policy advocacy for conservation agriculture and food security.
  • Mobilize faith communities to embrace “Farming God’s Way” as a cornerstone of environmental stewardship and food security.

spearhead local initiatives such as tree planting, water source protection, and waste reduction.

By fostering collaboration between religious communities, environmental groups, and local authorities, we aim to create a transformative movement where environmental protection becomes a shared societal value. Our vision is to inspire action, nurture communities in harmony with nature, and safeguard human rights for generations to come.

Through this multi-pronged approach, ACRL-RfP aims to:

  • Strengthen environmental governance frameworks that uphold human rights and ensure equitable access to clean air, water, and a healthy environment.
  • Amplify the voices of faith leaders as advocates for sustainable policies and practices.
  • Empower youth and women to become agents of change in their communities, promoting environmental stewardship and fostering a culture of shared responsibility.
  • Build a vibrant network of partnerships that leverage the strengths of diverse stakeholders to create a resilient and sustainable future for our planet.
ACRL-RfP champions a transformative response to climate change, empowering African communities to thrive amidst a changing climate. Aligned with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our initiative supports National Inter-Religious Councils in developing Climate Change adaptation frameworks, addressing adaptation and mitigation through two key pillars:

I. Building Resilient Communities:
  • Empowering communities: Equipping vulnerable populations with knowledge, skills, and resources to adapt to climate impacts through education, “Farming God’s Way” practices, and community-based projects.
  • Enhancing adaptive capacities: Building long-term resilience through early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, and disaster preparedness.

II. Accelerating Climate Action:
  • Promoting renewable energy: Advocating for and facilitating the transition to clean energy sources for sustainable energy independence.
  • Championing conservation: Encouraging sustainable land management, forest preservation, and biodiversity conservation to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and protect ecosystems.
  • Encouraging eco-friendly lifestyles: Promoting responsible consumption, waste reduction, and environmentally friendly choices for a low-carbon future.