Growing up in the Church of Christ in Burbank, California, Angelea Hayes was often told Christianity and environmentalism were incompatible. But in her first year at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Hayes found herself sheltering in place and sleeping on gym floors as 2018’s Woolsey Fire burned across Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Today, Hayes sees climate change not only as a matter of the utmost urgency, but a matter of faith.
This weekend, Hayes, now a senior at Pepperdine, will join other young evangelicals to rally for climate action on Capitol Hill. Organized by Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, formed in 2012, the event is taking place in conjunction with Climate Week NYC, which is hosted by the nonprofit Climate Group in conjunction with the United Nations and the city of New York.