Target: Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan
Goal: Applaud Amsterdam for installing solar panels on a portion of a popular bike path
With carbon emissions skyrocketing, scientists and entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to lower greenhouse gas emissions. One such idea is replacing asphalt with solar panels to generate energy. Amsterdam, however, is paving the way as the city opens its first solar paneled bike path called SolaRoad. The city should be applauded for this measure as it could set a precedent for the rest of the world.
Amsterdam is one of the leading biking capitals in the world, and while it is already known for being green, the city has revamped one of its bike trails. The trail, which boasts 2,000 commuters, had 230 feet of asphalt removed and replaced with solar panels, with plans to extend the paneled portion in 2016. The city is also hoping that by 2016, the solar panels will be able to generate enough energy to power three homes. The bike trails is built flat and the solar panels will only be able to generate 30 percent of energy normally produced from solar panels, but the city promises to make sure that all future plans will ensure optimal efficiency.
This plan has garnered some criticism. Scott and Julie Brushaw recently made a plan to transform all of the United States’ roads into solar panels, claiming that it will reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by a whopping 75 percent. Critics believe that the glass panels would be prone to breakage, but since this hasn’t been tested it is unclear how effective these new roads will be.
Nonetheless, Amsterdam should be applauded for its support for green energy. As Earth’s population continues to grow, humans must find innovative and green ways to reduce pollution. The city of Amsterdam is doing its part to keep the environment pristine.
Dear Mayor Eberhard van der Laan,
As one of the leading biking capital cities in the world, it gives me great pleasure to know that Amsterdam has recently opened a solar paneled bike path. It does not come as a surprise to me that your city is pioneering this creative method to generate clean energy. I also hope that many of your citizens appreciate this gesture, and if it is successful, they will ask for more solar paneled bike trails.
I wish to applaud you for your actions. I hope it will be a success not just for your city, but the world’s as well. If countries such as the United States and China see the success of these solar paneled bike trails these nations might support such trails in its cities. If we are vigilant, humans may be able to reverse the effects of climate change.
[Your Name Here]
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