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URI's Preamble, Purpose and Principles include the phrase, "We unite to heal and protect the Earth." This is an essential part of URI’s work because so many conflicts between cultures arise from a scarcity of shared resources. By uniting to solve ecological problems through cooperation instead of violence, we can also find literal common ground, since every member of every faith tradition shares a planet and depends on necessities like clean water to survive.

Examples of Cooperation Circles’ environmental work includes:

  • installing solar panels on the roofs of houses of worship;
  • ensuring that rural communities have access to clean water for drinking and sanitation;
  • educating communities about renewable energy and environmental sustainability methods;
  • helping farmers retain the rights to their farmland when corporations and mining companies try to take the land;
  • reforestation and native species planting in ecologically sensitive areas;
  • climate change awareness campaigns.
Label: Featured Cooperation Circles

Lalitamba

North America,
7 members

Fukushima Response Cooperation Circle

North America,
12 members

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD)

Middle East and North Africa,
15 members

Blantyre CC

Africa,
28 members

Sombor Educational Centre (SEC)

Europe,
17 members

Zero Limits CC

Asia,
35 members

Advocates For Grassroots Inter-Religious Cooperation

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Arizona Faith Network

North America,
165 members

Maia Earth Village

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
11 members

SYNC for Harmony

Multi-Region,
7 members

Sadbhawana Foundation

Asia,
100 members

Bohol Goodwill Volunteers CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 members

Ex Conselheiras e Conselheiros da URI Global Regiao ALC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

California Interfaith Power and Light CC

North America,
680 Congregational members

Youth Today Foundation CC

Africa,
7 members

Soweto East Initiative

Africa,
13 members

BETHAK-Pakistan

Asia,
26 members

Interfaith Peace Building on Natural Resources Management

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
15 members

Compassion for Animals CC

Multi-Region,
12 members

Hand in Hand

Asia,
7 members

EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East Cooperation Circle

Middle East and North Africa,
100+ members

ANT-Hiroshima

Asia,
100 members

Global Clergy Association-Vancouver BC CC

North America,
10 members

Arunima Literary Club

Asia,
168 members

Prometra Uganda

Africa,
10 members

UNIFY

Multi-Region,
1500 members

Souharda CC, Joypurhat

Asia,
10 members

Good Hope

Asia,
7 members

Pamoja Cooperation Circle

Africa,
17 members

Palestinian Women for Peace Society CC

Middle East and North Africa,
10 members

Maso Amudzi (Community Watch)

Africa,
13 members

Amalumbo Community Trust

Africa,
10 members

UNISOES - BRASIL

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Msu-Iit Youth Chain Of Peace - MYCoP

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

One Belief Trust (OBT)

Asia,
7 members

Apithan Ministries

Multi-Region,
400 + members

Consejo Interamericano Sobre La Espiritualidad Indígena A.C. CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
25 members

Kasinje CC

Africa,
15 members

Global Healing CC

Multi-Region,
1200 members

Seeds for Change

Europe,
7 members

Capetown Environmental CC

Africa,
20 members

Value Laden Professional Circle (VLPC)

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
77 members

Campinas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
20 members

Ranchi CC

Asia,
10 members

Faith Ecology Network

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

Global Youth Movement – GYM

Multi-Region,
150 members

Old Rajinder Nagar CC

Asia,
7 members

Manbazar Chandra Memorial CC

Asia,
12 members

Satsang Research Center

Asia,
21 members

Golden Women Vision in Uganda

Africa,
84 members

Missoula Interfaith Collaborative

North America,
200 members

Wisdom Circle Ministries

Multi-Region,
150 members

Círculo Latinoamericano de Músicos

Latin America and the Caribbean,
20 members

Action of Dialogue & Development for Life (ADD for Life)

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

Manila Muslim Christian Community Peacemakers, Inc.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
200 members

Lunzu Cooperation Circle

Africa,
35 members

Abbey of Hope

North America,
180 members

URI-Burundi

Africa,
12 members

Volunteering for Peace CC

Middle East and North Africa,
95 members

Quinaroa CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Environmental Satellite CC

Multi-Region,
19 members

Youth Empowerment CC

Asia,
7 members

Palestinian Association for Non Violent Communication

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Council of Religions- Mauritius

Africa,
18 members

Global Compassion

Africa,
30 members

Tambal Para Kay Inang Kalikasan (Medicine for Gaia) CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

Palki Peace Circle

Asia,
7 members

Red Nacional De Educadores Agrarios Del Paraguay

Latin America and the Caribbean,
700 members

Kalinaw CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Samvaad

Asia,
7 members

URI Youth Aotearoa

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Vidyasagar Society

Asia,
101 members

Shanti Van CC

Asia,
7 members

Mandala Earth Story Project

Multi-Region,
10 members

Rio Inter-Religious Movement CC (MIR)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
23 members

Atman: the Samuhaa

Asia,
12 members

NextGen Africa Initiative

Africa,
12 members

Gulshan Foundation CC

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Protecting and Restoring the Sacred

North America,
9 members

World Kindness Liberia

Africa,
12 members

Samaj Joro Abhiyan CC

Asia,
8 members

Faiths Without Borders

Multi-Region,
10 members

Unity and Diversity World Council CC

North America,
100 members

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
107 members

Karonga Nthora

Africa,
10 members

Sarwadharm Vichar Manch

Asia,
7 members

Springtide Opus CC

Asia,
11 members

Youth Center for Development

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 (twenty) members

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

Multi-Region,
12 members

Building Better Society CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

Albadiya for Intercultural Dialogue Initiative (AIDI)

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

Srijani CC

Asia,
8 members

Larsa

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

Face to Face / Faith to Faith

Africa,
90 members

Cebu City Interfaith Cooperation Circle (CCICC)

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

La Villa de Arcilla

Multi-Region,
9 members

NOWTIME Radio

Multi-Region,
9 members

GreenFaith Australia CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
125 members

Charlotte Red Bench Garden

North America,
58 members

Global Peace Tourism

Asia,
500 members

Abhigyane Foundation

Asia,
11 members

Chaitanya Service Society

Asia,
7 members

EKta Samaj Foundation

Asia,
7 members

Neeleswaram CC

Asia,
10 (ten) members

Mother Earth Network

Africa,
15 members

Youth for New World

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

Connecting the Dots

Africa,
7 members

Thirikkannamangal URI CC

Asia,
10 members

The Chaplaincy Institute- ChI

Multi-Region,
8 members

Cosmopolitan CC

Asia,
7 members

Nkhata Bay

Africa,
21 members

Grupo Inter-Religioso de Sào Paulo CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
30 members

The Quiet Voice

Africa,
10 members

Nasolo Cooperation Circle

Africa,
184 members

Yacu – Yura (Aguas Claras/Clear Waters)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

YouthLEAD Africa

Africa,
8 members

Qhana UTA CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

P.R.N.M. School, Kunnicode

Asia,
14 members

Habel Foundation CC

Asia,
20 members

Solar C3ities

North America,
30 members

Janseva Pratishthan, Vita

Asia,
11 members

Blossom CC

Asia,
12 members

Undugu Family Hope Kibera

Africa,
30 members

Asian Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
1000 members

African Youth Peace Initiatives

Africa,
175 members

Youth Partners for Development and Peace CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
13 members

Green Prophet CC

Middle East and North Africa,
20 members

Sadbhawana Samiti

Asia,
9 members

Dishari, Bangladesh CC

Asia,
35 members

Rural Development Society CC

Asia,
21 members

The Oracle Institute

North America,
17 members

Peace Kawomera Coop LTD CC

Africa,
1000 members

Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre

Asia,
20 members

Bokaro Peace Circle

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Kathak Dharohar

Asia,
7 members

Circulo De Cooperación para el Diálogo CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
32 members

Comunidade Tao Judaica De Verdade

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Myittar Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
400 members

Interfaith Forum For Peace Harmony And Solidarity

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
35 members

Paz Mozambique

Africa,
7 members

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June 30, 2017 2:07 PM

Roadtripping, Learning from Interfaith Peacebuilders Across the Northeast USA

As URI Regional Coordinators, one of the core parts of our job is to listen to our members - to understand what their local context, the projects and programs they are working on, their dreams for the future and current struggles.

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Sari Heidenreich

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June 21, 2017 2:55 PM

West India Campaigns for Environment Day

Youth ambassadors, students and CCs from India, West Zone spred messages of environmental commitment, interfaith cooperation and non-violence.

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June 19, 2017 12:39 PM

Environmental Network June Newsletter

The Environmental Network June newsletter features the work and wisdom of seven young environmental leaders from the URI global network. 

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Katherine Hreib

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June 2, 2017 12:51 PM

Pittsburgh, URI and the Paris Climate Accord

In June 2017, the President of the United States, declared, “I was elected to represent citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” as he pulled this country out of the Paris Climate Accord.

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Bishop Swing

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May 17, 2017 11:56 AM

The Weekly Shot: Together in the Mangrove Marsh

Interfaith for Natural Resource Management, a URI Cooperation Circle in Cambodia, hosted a very well-attended interfaith mangrove planting community workday for the Vesak holiday.

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The Weekly Shot

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May 10, 2017 6:45 PM

Featured Writing Opportunity for Young Leaders

In order to elevate the wisdom of young people dedicated to addressing environmental issues, the ERCC invites you to submit a piece to be featured in the June newsletter.

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Katherine Hreib

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May 1, 2017 9:45 AM

The Weekly Shot: URI President’s Council

Members of the URI President's Council close their retreat at the Bishop's Ranch by planting a tree in memory of William K. Bowes, Jr.

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The Weekly Shot

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March 20, 2017 9:51 AM

The Weekly Shot: Our Forest, Our Life, Our Responsibility

Since all religions have their own perspectives related to environmental care, the members of URI Cooperation Circle “Interfaith Peace Building on Natural Resources Management” gathered together representatives from many traditions to speak on the topic.

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February 28, 2017 4:25 PM

Announcing: The Ripple Academy

The Ripple Academy will unleash a global cadre of women leaders allied to forge and amplify solutions for peace, justice, and environmental healing in communities around the world.

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URI News Desk

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February 9, 2017 6:47 PM

A letter from the Environmental Resource CC: How to stand with Standing Rock

Below you will find a list of ways you and your community can take action to defend the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux, protect drinking water for millions, and ensure the health of land, air and water for future generations.

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Katherine Hreib

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