Project History of Three Degrees Warmer

Three Degrees Warmer was incorporated in 2013 as a Washington state nonprofit with 501(c)(3) charitable status. We work to build awareness of, foster dialog about, and support community-based adaptation to the human impacts of climate change. Our mission is to facilitate and support communities facing the imminent and long-term impacts of climate change with projects and strategies that move communities beyond climate risk toward a more just, healthy, and secure future. The project is almost fully run by women lawyers.


Three Degrees Warmer conducted activities as the Three Degrees Project at the the University of Washington from 2009–2012. The Three Degrees Project was co-founded by Jeni Barcelos and Jen Marlow in 2009 while they were law students at the University of Washington School of Law (“UW Law”). Jeni and Jen co-chaired Three Degrees, an international climate change and human rights conference, in May, 2009. After the conference, Jeni and Jen launched the Three Degrees Project at UW Law, executed by a written memorandum of understanding between the Three Degrees Project and UW Law. Jeni and Jen served as the project’s inaugural fellows from 2009–2010, and after graduation, as full-time staff at UW Law as co-Directors of the Three Degrees Project from September 2010 to July 2012.

For the time that the Three Degrees Project was based at UW Law from 2009–2012, Three Degrees launched and supported climate justice programming that leveraged the resources of the University of Washington to assist climate-impacted communities and their partners around the world with lawsuits, advocacy and media projects, public presentations, scenario planning workshops, scholarship, and teaching. Jeni and Jen left their employment at UW Law in July 2012 after a two-year incubation period at the university to form Three Degrees Warmer, the nonprofit. They both retain affiliate faculty positions with the law school.

2013 onward

Now called Three Degrees Warmer, we will continue to support some of the projects we initiated at UW Law while catalyzing new endeavors as a fully independent climate justice non-profit. Our current work focuses on furthering partnerships and programming with two organizations: Re-Locate, a transdisciplinary collective of artists and researchers working to support a community-based relocation in Kivalina, Alaska; and the grassroots advocacy organization, Waterkeeper Alliance. Please visit our Support page to donate. Our volunteer staff of two requires very little overhead, so all monies go directly to support climate justice programming. Our work is a labor of love and we value your support.