Educating students using real-time data can create lasting behavioural change. We track the impact and inspire action.
Hands-on STEM education
Passionate outdoor enthusiasts and advocates for sustainability, the Zero Positive Founders identified an important opportunity to match their technology and measurement tools with an equally robust educational program. The Founders realised that behaviour change is a necessity if we are to achieve our climate targets.
Along with the rest of the team behind Zero Positive, they set out to empower young people to improve the future of our planet. With data as the foundation, an entire curriculum of activities has been designed to cover science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning areas, amongst others - making it easy for schools to both teach and take action for a sustainable future.
Innovative technology to measure sustainability efforts
The Zero Positive program traces its origins back to 2002, when Vicky Mills (CEO) and her partner Rob Breuer began designing technology to capture and analyse energy data from solar panels.
In the years since, Vicky and Rob have remained committed to this important technology, continuing to grow and refine the capabilities of their system.
Here's why you should care, too.
Check out these facts about our planet's health.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an important heat-trapping (greenhouse) gas, which is released through human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels, as well as natural processes such as respiration and volcanic eruptions.
The graph shows CO2 levels during the last three glacial cycles, as reconstructed from ice cores. As you can see, this is far from a ‘normal’ cycle.
17 of the 18 warmest years in the 136-year record all have occurred since 2001, with the exception of 1998.
This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures.
Arctic Sea Ice Minimum
Arctic sea ice reaches its minimum each September — now declining at a rate of 13.2% per decade, relative to the 1981 to 2010 average.
This graph shows the average monthly Arctic sea ice extent each September since 1979, derived from satellite observations.
Data from NASA's GRACE satellites shows that the land ice sheets in Antarctica have been losing mass since 2002. The ice sheets have seen an acceleration of ice mass loss since 2009.
Sea level rise is caused primarily by two factors related to global warming: the added water from melting ice sheets and glaciers and the expansion of sea water as it warms.
The graph tracks the change in sea level since 1993, as observed by satellites.