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Three Degrees Warmer works to understand and address the human impacts of climate change and to assist communities in moving beyond climate risk toward more just, healthy, and secure futures.
We are in trouble, friends. In 2007, when we met during our first week of law school, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected a three degrees Celsius rise in global average temperature this century. We founded Three Degrees as a way of asking ourselves and each other what a Three Degrees Warmer world would look like. We organized in 2009 the Three Degrees Conference on the Law of Climate Change and Human Rights, with panelists from 45 countries and 5 continents convening in Seattle over a fictitious disaster scenario set in 2050. Climbing Poetree, two multi-media artists, opened the conference by confronting the injustice of the rise of “unnatural disasters” and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, delivered the keynote. The convening—the people and work we assembled—continues to drive and inspire our work today. Three Degrees is a climate justice organization, one arguing that climate change is a human rights issue for which the industrialized world is largely responsible. Climate justice forces us to confront the obligations and responsibilities of nations most responsible for climate change to support communities most imminently affected.
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Three Degrees Warmer received a small grant from the Environmental Projection Agency's Environmental Justice Grants Program to train residents in Kivalina on how to operate the Kivalina Biochar Reactor, a nonsewered, mobile sanitation system designed by...
In collaboration with Re-Locate, Three Degrees Warmer co-developed the Kivalina Archive, a digital platform that places the “official” history of Kivalina’s relocation, such as government geological surveys, alongside a relocation history told by the Kivalina people, including their experiences with the relocation process as well as photographs and videos documenting their everyday lives.
Please join the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) for its monthly Breakfast Seminar. The November meeting will feature Professors Lauren Sancken and Jennifer Marlow from the UW School of Law, who also work with Three Degrees Warmer, a non-profit climate justice project.
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“Maybe freedom cannot be attained through human institutions but must remain a quality of the mind or spirit not dependent on circumstances, a gift of grace…We can attain by our own efforts only an imperfect justice, a limited freedom. Better than none. Let us hold fast to that principle, the love of Freedom, of which the freed slave, the poet, spoke.”
– Ursula Le Guin