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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

Mid-Hudson Valley CC

North America,
18 members

Atman: the Samuhaa

Asia,
12 members

SOS Jeunes

Africa,
25 members

Sombor Educational Centre (SEC)

Europe,
17 members

Atma Darshana Yoga CC

Asia,
10 (ten) members

The Oracle Institute

North America,
17 members

Women and Spirituality CC

Multi-Region,
26 members

Gathering for Happiness

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Balaka CC

Africa,
7 members

Mandala Earth Story Project

Multi-Region,
10 members

Yacu – Yura (Aguas Claras/Clear Waters)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

SYNC for Harmony

Multi-Region,
7 members

Council of Religions- Mauritius

Africa,
18 members

Interfaith Council for Peace in Mindanao

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
23 members

Solar C3ities

North America,
30 members

Cosmopolitan CC

Asia,
7 members

Youth Empowerment CC

Asia,
7 members

Arizona Faith Network

North America,
165 members

Maso Amudzi (Community Watch)

Africa,
13 members

URI Youth Aotearoa

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Wisdom Circle Ministries

Multi-Region,
150 members

Karonga Nthora

Africa,
10 members

California Interfaith Power and Light CC

North America,
680 Congregational members

Face to Face / Faith to Faith

Africa,
90 members

Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre

Asia,
20 members

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

Multi-Region,
12 members

Unity and Diversity World Council CC

North America,
100 members

Sadbhawana Foundation

Asia,
100 members

Zero Limits CC

Asia,
35 members

NOWTIME Radio

Multi-Region,
9 (nine) members

Prafull Oorja

Multi-Region,
18 members

NextGen Africa Initiative

Africa,
12 members

World Kindness Liberia

Africa,
12 members

Abbey of Hope

North America,
180 members

Palestinian Association for Non Violent Communication

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Blantyre CC

Africa,
28 members

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
107 members

Rainbow CC

Asia,
50 members

URI-Burundi

Africa,
12 members

Lunzu Cooperation Circle

Africa,
35 members

YouthLEAD Africa

Africa,
8 members

Faith Ecology Network

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

URI Global Youth CC

Multi-Region,
508 members

BETHAK-Pakistan

Asia,
26 members

One Belief Trust (OBT)

Asia,
7 members

Charlotte Red Bench Garden

North America,
58 members

Youth Center for Development

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 (twenty) members

Bokaro Peace Circle

Asia,
7 (seven) members

UNIFY

Multi-Region,
1500 members

Asian Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
1000 members

African Youth Peace Initiatives

Africa,
175 members

ANT-Hiroshima

Asia,
100 members

Peace Kawomera Coop LTD CC

Africa,
1000 members

Nkhata Bay

Africa,
21 members

EKta Samaj Foundation

Asia,
7 members

Rohini CC

Asia,
7 members

EcoPeace/ Friends of the Earth Middle East Cooperation Circle

Middle East and North Africa,
100+ members

Paz Mozambique

Africa,
7 members

Afrikayyah Interfaith Council

Multi-Region,
18 members

Global Peace Tourism

Asia,
500 members

Seeds for Change

Europe,
7 members

Global Family for Love and Peace CC

Multi-Region,
7 members

Qewña CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
17 members

UNISOES CC BRASIL

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Springtide Opus CC

Asia,
11 members

Arunima Literary Club

Asia,
168 members

De la UNIDAD, la Reconciliación y la Sanación

Latin America and the Caribbean,
12 members

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics CC

North America,
12 members

Good Hope

Asia,
7 members

Kathak Dharohar

Asia,
7 members

Aflaiai (Eterno)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Interfaith Peace Building on Natural Resources Management

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
15 members

Compassion for Animals CC

Multi-Region,
12 members

Mother Earth Network

Africa,
15 members

Quinaroa CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Samagra Vikash

Asia,
9 members

Missoula Interfaith Collaborative

North America,
200 members

Vidyasagar Society

Asia,
101 members

GreenFaith Australia CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
125 members

Mugna Kabataan CC Cebu

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
12 members

Dishari, Bangladesh CC

Asia,
35 members

Red Nacional De Educadores Agrarios Del Paraguay

Latin America and the Caribbean,
700 members

Seeds of Peace CC

Asia,
45 members

Maia Earth Village

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
11 members

Mansur Mokashi Gulshan Foundation CC

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Palki Peace Circle

Asia,
7 members

Neeleswaram CC

Asia,
10 (ten) members

Tambal Para Kay Inang Kalikasan (Medicine for Gaia) CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

Dwarka Peace Society

Asia,
7 members

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD)

Middle East and North Africa,
15 members

Kasinje CC

Africa,
15 members

Ex Conselheiras e Conselheiros da URI Global Regiao ALC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Fukushima Response Cooperation Circle

North America,
12 members

Larsa

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

Lalitamba Mandiram

North America,
7 members

Comunidade Tao Judaica De Verdade

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Hand in Hand

Asia,
7 members

Value Laden Professional Circle (VLPC)

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
77 members

Pamoja CC

Africa,
17 members

Chaitanya Service Society

Asia,
7 members

Amalumbo Community Trust

Africa,
10 members

Salam Shabab CC

Middle East and North Africa,
40 members

Blossom CC

Asia,
12 members

Satsang Research Center

Asia,
21 members

The Quiet Voice

Africa,
10 members

Global Healing CC

Multi-Region,
1200 members

Soweto East Initiative

Africa,
13 members

Prometra Uganda

Africa,
10 (ten) members

P.R.N.M. School, Kunnicone

Asia,
14 members

Global Compassion

Africa,
30 members

Environmental Satellite CC

Multi-Region,
19 members

Green Prophet CC

Middle East and North Africa,
20 members

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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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December 13, 2016 11:47 AM

URI at Standing Rock

The struggle at Standing Rock Native American Reservation, in North Dakota in the United States, encompasses many of the same issues that those in the URI community struggle to overcome every day.

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URI News Desk

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December 9, 2016 5:21 PM

The Cultural Kitchen is a Strong Example

The Cultural Kitchen is a strong example of how women everywhere can help empower one another, provide opportunities, learning and build community with one another.

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Katherine Hreib

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December 9, 2016 4:32 PM

What I Learned About Movement and Stillness at Standing Rock

It is a place held by the Oceti Sakowin people and, as a visitor to the camp, I am here in service to them. In this place that they have molded, resistance is ceremony and prayer, and everything happens in a circle.

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Sari Heidenreich

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December 9, 2016 3:45 PM

Praying Our Way Towards Justice at Standing Rock

This past weekend may prove to be pivotal, not just for Standing Rock but possibly for indigenous and environmental movements worldwide.

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Frederica Helmiere

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December 5, 2016 1:56 PM

The Weekly Shot: Interfaith Prayers at Standing Rock

A panoramic shot of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the largest camp of Water Protectors at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.

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The Weekly Shot

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December 5, 2016 9:41 AM

Standing Rock Day of Interfaith Prayer

Over the weekend, a URI delegation traveled to the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the largest camp of Water Protectors at Standing Rock, to deliver a collection of prayers and support from the worldwide URI community, and to participate in a Day of Interfaith Prayer on December 4. 

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URI News Desk

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December 4, 2016 7:39 PM

Press Release: URI Delegation to Join Standing Rock for Interfaith Prayer

A delegation from URI will travel to Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock to join hundreds of people of faith for an Interfaith Day of Prayer on Dec 4.

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URI News Desk

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December 2, 2016 12:56 PM

Good News from URI North India and Afghanistan

This newsletter includes: Cooperation Circle members speaking out against nuclear weapons, organizing youth leadership and engagement activities, leading blood donation drives, providing vocational training for girls' and women's equality, and much more.

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URI North India

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October 25, 2016 4:06 PM

COP22 Climate Change Video

In April of 2016, URI chairperson Kiran Bali MBE JP and global faith leaders from around the world signed on to the Interfaith Climate Change Statement 2016. There is much work to still do. 

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Kiran Bali

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