What Does 3Degrees Mean?
By choosing the name 3Degrees, the firm's founders remind themselves, their employees, and their partners that climate change is not an abstract concept, but a real and present danger requiring action now.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report concluded that by 2100 the earth’s temperature might rise between 2 to 4.5 degrees Celsius with a best estimate of about 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) if the world does not dramatically lower its carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
Such a rapid and significant increase in the Earth's temperature would result in extensive environmental, economic, and humanitarian damage. For example, a report issued in 2006 by Nicholas Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank, concluded that a 2-to-3-degree increase in average temperatures could leave one-sixth of the world's population facing floods or droughts and reduce crop production in Africa enough to put several hundred million people at risk of starvation.
What this and other similar studies demonstrate is that if individuals, organizations, and governments do not act aggressively to develop a low-carbon, renewable energy economy now, it is likely that billions of dollars of property will be destroyed, thousands of species will go extinct, and millions of people will lose their crops, their homes, and even their lives.