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Stories from the World: Many Heavens, One Earth, Martin Palmer

Martin Palmer, renowned expert on conservation and religion in Bozeman

Martin Palmer, the Secretary General for the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), based in Bath, England, will give a talk, Stories from the World: Many Heavens, One Earth, in Bozeman at 7pm on Sunday, December 2 at the Procrastinator Theater at Montana State University.

“If information is all that is needed, then the environmental crisis would be over. We need more than facts and figures. We need to inspire people – to make them look at their way of living, to make them change. Who is able to do this? The faiths. So why don’t we work with the faiths?”
~ His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,

With eloquence and humor, Palmer’s engaging stories will take us around the world – from Buddhists in Mongolia, to Daoists in China, to Christians in Africa – exploring conservation efforts led by monks, masters and ministers. Often viewed as the most unlikely of conservationists, Palmer has worked with some of the world’s highest religious leaders to design long-term conservation plans to inspire congregations to tread lightly on the Earth as an act of faith.

Palmer is a theologian, author, broadcaster and environmentalist. As HRH Prince Philip’s environmental advisor for twenty-five years, he was instrumental in the creation of ARC in 1995. ARC assists eleven world faiths in developing environmental and conservation projects worldwide based on the religion’s own teachings, schools, landholding, investments, and traditions. He works with a variety of international organizations such as WWF, the World Bank, UNESCO, UNDP, the World Council of Churches, the China Daoist Association, the Islamic Foundation for Environment and Environmental Sciences and others. Palmer serves as the President of the Board of the Bozeman-based non-profit, The Tributary Fund.
A regular on BBC Radio and BBC TV, Palmer contributes regularly to the BBC World Service. He is a special advisor to the UN on “Climate Change, the Environment and The Faiths” and heads a three-year program with the UN on this, which launched a series of major faith commitments on the environment at Windsor Castle in November 2009. In Assisi in 2011 ARC launched a new Green Pilgrimage Network, linking pilgrim places all around the world wanting to make sure pilgrimage is a blessing to the environment, rather than a burden.

Palmer is the author of over twenty books on religious topics such as Faith and Conservation, Travels through Sacred China, and The Atlas of Religion, and has edited many books including The Times Atlas of the History of World Religions. His work on sacred sites worldwide won awards, and his book Sacred Britain has been a best seller. He advises UNESCO on World Heritage sites and helps the World Monuments Fund with protecting endangered sacred sites. Palmer is one of the foremost translators of ancient Chinese texts and his translation of Chuang Tzu was chosen for the Penguin Classics lists. He has also translated all the early Christian texts in Chinese, dating from the Tang dynasty (618 – 907 AD), in his book The Jesus Sutras.

Please contact Claire Sands Baker at[masked] or [masked] for any inquiries.

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