Climate of Hope


A group of high profile Christians have paid a visit to the US Congress in Washington to speak up against slashing America’s environment budget. Among the team are singer and musician Michael Gungor and worship leader William Matthews, formerly of Bethel Church.

The performers’ trip to meet policy makers and politicians in the US Congress was organised by the group Micah Challenge who are supported by Tearfund. They are lobbying to defend America’s environment budget that President Donald Trump has threatened to slash.

Gungor and Matthews were joined by authors Katelyn Beaty, Jonathan Martin and Science Mike (Mike McHargue). They met with Republican Congressman David Young (Iowa) and retired Republican Congressman Frank Wolf to stress the importance of work to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

The team sat at table
Down to business – L to R: Jason Fileta, William Matthews, Jonathan Martin, Michael Gungor

During the meetings the group also discussed President Trump’s plans to reduce the amount spent on overseas aid.

Time to Act    

Tearfund’s Advocacy Team Leader Sarah Wiggins was present. ‘I was so thrilled to be on Capitol Hill with this incredible group,’ she explained. ‘They can see that it’s up to our generation to act on climate change.’     

‘We all agree that loving God and our neighbours includes talking to politicians about climate change because we know the poorest people, who are the least responsible for it, are bearing the highest cost.’     

'As followers of Jesus we care about climate change and we’re so glad that Christians in the US are joining the Renew Our World campaign to ask their government to keep their promises on environment spending.’    

Michael Gungor says that among younger ‘millennial’ Christians in particular, climate change is a major concern.    

‘We hear the voices of the people we’re talking with and we hear what they are really concerned about. Climate is at the top of the list.’   

Find out more about the Renew Our World campaign.

Pray for this:

  • That Christians, both young and old will speak up about climate change in the United States.
  • For the Renew Our World campaign to energise many thousands to take action in their own lives and speak out.
  • That pressure will mount for the United States to adhere to the Paris Climate Agreement and continue to reduce emissions.
Ben Cohen
Ben is Web Editor for Tearfund. This can sometimes feel a bit like being ‘senior hairstylist for…