The Climate and the Cross was commissioned by the Guardian. The film explores some of the different ways in which the issue of climate change is understood by American Christians.
Religious freedom and access to abundant natural resources have been cornerstones of the American identity for centuries. This context goes some way to explaining America’s status as the largest producer of green-house gasses, and also the very high rates of religious affiliation – unusual for a wealthy nation. Spanning across 7 states, The Climate and the Cross explores the different ways that Christians understand climate change. As well as exploring their Christian beliefs, the film also asks how other factors such as place, political identity, race, class and the experience of extreme weather events coalesce to shape views on global warming.