Preacher’s Daughter

With Ian Somerhalder

Why this story needs to be told

The cost of not doing anything is a hundred times greater than the cost of doing something.

Ian Somerhalder

Spotlight Video

Ian Somerhalder talks about why he cares about climate change and why he’s involved in YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY.


The father: a megachurch preacher who doesn’t believe in climate change. The daughter: an activist trying to shut down the local coal-fired power plant. The daughter’s hope: to eventually convince her father that global warming is happening, and even, just possibly, see if he’ll make it the topic of his next sermon.

In Preacher’s Daughter, Correspondent Ian Somerhalder listens in on both sides of the evangelical community’s debate over climate change.


Asheville & Charlotte, NC; Apalachicola, FL

Photo: The Years Project / John W. Adkisson

Meet The Characters

Climate disruption is not a political issue. It's a moral issue. It's a justice issue. Even more than that, it's a spiritual issue.

Anna Jane Joyner
Campaign Coordinator, Western North Carolina Alliance

I would like to believe…I am doing this for her sake. But I still have to have a devotion of truth, or I'm not doing anything for her sake.

Rick Joyner
Founder and Executive Director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and Senior Pastor at MorningStar Fellowship Church

Behind The Scenes

Science Behind The Story


As of 2012, emissions from coal accounted for almost 43% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.


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