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Seven key areas 

The Faith Plans programme focuses on seven key areas where the world’s major faiths can have a long-term environmental impact. They range from tangible assets (such as land, buildings, forests, investments etc) to their huge capacity for influencing others (through their teachings, liturgy, wisdom, stories and practices). Find out more about the Seven Key Areas below.

Creation is truth embodied before us;
we see it, touch it, hear it.
~ Guru Nanak

How to use the Seven Key Areas framework

The Seven Key Areas are a framework for faiths to use as they plan how to use their buildings, land, investments and influence to drive practical action on the environment.


This framework is not prescriptive; each faith group will chose which areas apply to their own particular community and situation.


Read more about the Seven Key Areas below. We have also been holding a series of webinars on the different areas. Check out our events page for forthcoming webinars or watch recordings of past webinars.

This short video on creating a Faith Plan was recorded during one of our webinars.

The Seven Key Areas

1. Faith-consistent use of assets

  • Construction and buildings

  • Land and forests

  • Water

  • Wildlife/habitat protection

  • Healthcare, including medical facilities

  • Financial investments

  • Purchasing & consumption, eg: food, suppliers, recycling, waste

3. Wisdom

  • Theological/philosophical education and training

  • Crisis & adaptation

  • Liturgies, quotations and orders of prayer 

  • Sacred Places

  • Theology/philosophy of nature, land, forests, water

  • Stories and practices

  • Prayer and meditation

Learn more

5. Media, advocacy & outreach 

  • Subject matter

  • Influence

  • Advocacy

  • Guides and handbooks

  • Materials

Learn more

7. Celebration

  • Traditional festivals

  • New festivals

  • New traditions

  • New beautiful places and developments

Learn more

2. Education and young people

  • School curricula

  • Informal education

  • Vocational training and entrepreneurship

  • School buildings & grounds

  • Conservation & recycling policy

  • Youth organisations & camps

  • Nature trails

  • School eco-twinning

  • Environmental monitoring

Learn more

4. Lifestyles

  • Traditions of simple living

  • Green audits

  • Families, populations and choices

  • Pilgrimage & tourism

  • Nature protection

  • Purchasing power

Learn more

6. Partnerships, eco-twinning

  • Dedicated staff & funding

  • Lay people

  • Eco-twinning

  • Other partnerships

Learn more

Interested in finding out more?

If your organisation is interested in learning more about the Faith Plans programme, please contact us. And don't forget to sign up below to our newsletters to be notified of new resources and webinars.

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