Nov 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Youth Blog

I ended my last post with a cryptic note about greening our roads, so I’m going to fulfill my promise – but I’ll get to that in a minute. First, I want to make a quick mention of the fact that I’m writing this on October 12, which means a year ago today my first post made its way onto It’s been quite a year! I think my previous posts were maybe focused a bit much on how much there is to do in the environmental crisis – so for the next year, the big two words are

moving forward.

So let’s talk about roads now. Asphalt is a contributor to global warming, as it traps a lot of heat and light (as opposed to, say, ice, which reflects it). So my Giant Leap #2 goes to the Solar Roadways. According to their website,

Our long range goal is to cover all concrete and asphalt surfaces that are exposed to the sun with Solar Road Panels. This will lead to the end of our dependency on fossil fuels of any kind.

If you get a chance, definitely check out the solar road panels on their website. The idea is simple: replace asphalt with… solar panels. That way incoming light doesn’t turn into heat that contributes to global warming, and if that’s not enough, we can use it to POWER STUFF.

How far in the future is this? Far. At least far-ish. But it’s a giant leap in the way we think of roads – one of those things you look at and think, how is it no one thought of that before? True brilliance!


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