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Heat is on as climate chaos spreads

Extreme weather events happening around the world are a stark warning; and a call to prayer.

Written by Gideon Heugh | 15 Jul 2022

Woman and two children walking across arid, dry land

Kunna carries water to her home in Wara village, Marsabit County, Kenya. Extreme droughts around the world are destroying lives and keeping people trapped in poverty | Image credit: Will Swanson/Tearfund

When it comes to weather, extreme is becoming the new normal. Every week seems to bring fresh news of climate chaos. The increasing frequency and intensity of weather events such as floods, storms and droughts around the world is having a huge impact – particularly for people living in poverty. With many world leaders still dragging their heels over policies to tackle climate change, we need a renewed urgency in the church for prayer and action.


Once-in-a-decade weather events are happening every few years. The unprecedented is becoming predictable. And without strong, swift action, the situation could become far, far worse.

This last year has seen an alarming number of destructive weather events:

  • A drought in Afghanistan that has left millions without food
  • Monsoon floods in Bangladesh that are the worst in living memory
  • Record heatwaves across Europe
  • Massive flooding in Australia
  • Four successive failed rainy seasons in East Africa
  • Heatwaves and wildfires in North America
  • The worst floods and landslides in Brazil in a century

The impacts of these events go far beyond the immediate loss of life and damage they cause. Floods, droughts and storms often leave food shortages in their wake, while also taking away the income opportunities people rely on.

Man standing next to his home that has been destroyed by a typhoon

Edgar stands in front of his home that was completely destroyed when typhoon Goni struck the Philippines. Extreme weather events like these are becoming even more common | Image credit: Patricia Pagulayan/Tearfund

Tearfund’s local partners are taking action around the world, responding to emergencies and helping communities to adapt to changing weather patterns. We are also putting pressure on wealthy nations to keep their climate pledges to lower-income countries.

Please join us in praying – for the people being affected, for our leaders, and for the church as we respond.

Pray with us

A prayer for people affected by climate change

God of deliverance,

Hear the cries of people whose lives have been turned upside down by the climate crisis. Be near now to people affected by droughts, floods, storms and other extreme weather events. Protect them; comfort them; and bring relief and provision to them.

In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

A prayer for our leaders

God of wisdom,

Fill the hearts of all those in positions of authority – of all those whose decisions can make a difference to the climate crisis. Move them to compassion and action. Give them the courage and conviction to do the right thing. Help all to see the urgency of the situation, so that we can avert disaster.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

A prayer for the church

God of love,

Thank you that we get to join in with your restoration work. May there be refreshed purpose, hope and perseverance in the church. May churches continue to rise up around the world to take the lead in protecting your creation, supporting people living in poverty and holding government leaders to account.

In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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Written by  Gideon Heugh

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