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Martin Palmer United Kingdom

Pourquoi je participe à l'appel des consciences

I care because of my mother and father.


My father was an Anglican priest who simply knew in his heart that God was love and that everything in this wonderful complex world was born out of love. He taught me to see the trees and mountains and animals as children of God just as we are children of God. He walked me through the beautiful prayers of my tradition with their evocation of the sheer wonder of Creation.


My mother was agnostic but she knew that we are here to protect the vulnerable, whether that was human beings or baby birds, trees and plants. She was an early conservationist, and some of my earliest memories are of being deeply embarrassed by her! If she saw people damaging a tree or throwing stones at birds, or teasing someone who was different, she would never walk by on the other side. She would rush to defend whoever and whatever was threatened. I remember once when she stormed into a group of teenage boys throwing stones at a baby squirrel they had knocked out of a tree; she saved it and let it go back into the branches. When you’re a child the last thing you want is for a parent to be odd, or different, or draw you into uncomfortable situations. But from her I learnt that unless you act then you are guilty of being complicit in the abuse of nature or people.


What my parents both taught me was that without love and passion, we will walk through a world which is grey, rather than one – as the poet Gerald Manley Hopkins described it ­– that is glorious with life and “dappled” with the Glory of God.

Theologian, author, broadcaster and environmentalist, Secretary General


Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC)


He is Secretary General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), a secular NGO he founded with HRH Prince Philip in 1995 to help faiths develop environmental and conservation projects based on their own beliefs and practices.

This ranges from improving the environmental management of faith-owned buildings, sacred sites, forestry and farmland, to green pilgrimage and green faith investments, as well as capitalising on the faiths’ huge outreach and influence through their teaching activities, wisdom and celebration. ARC works with 12 major religions worldwide as well as with international secular organisations such as WWF, the United Nations and the World Bank.

He is the author and editor of more 20 than books on religious and environmental topics such as Faith and Conservation, Sacred Land, The Atlas of Religions and The Times Atlas of The History of World Religions.

He is also a translator of ancient Chinese texts, including China’s oldest history book. the Shang Shu (Shu Jing), and the collected works of the ancient Daoist philosopher Chuang Tzu (Zhuang Zi) for Penguin Classics.

Martin frequently appears on radio and television, and is a regular contributor to the BBC. He studied theology at Cambridge, with a special emphasis on Chinese studies, and is a lay preacher in the Church of England.

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