The power of the sun is fast becoming recognized and has paved the way for solar-powered cars and appliances to make themselves known. We may be far from becoming completely solar dependent but we’re well on the way to replacing conventional energy. Seeking to inspire the public to change their lifestyle for the good of the environment, Marcelo da Luz built himself a solar-powered car called Xof1 Solar Car that has won accolades, among them being holding the world record for a car powered solely by the sun to travel a distance of a staggering 16,000 miles. But at present, da Luz isn’t driving his creation to inspire the masses; he’s towing it behind him as he walks to Ottawa all the way from Toronto.
Da Luz decided to walk rather than drive his car as part of the Pull for The Environment 28-Day Challenge, an initiative he came up with. He’s visited many communities between the two cities in a bid to get people to change some aspect of their lifestyle that will positively impact the environment and show them that one individual can make a difference.
The 28-Day Challenge was so named because it takes 28 days to develop a habit. As such, da Luz is intent on using the time to educate people to make a difference. He reached Port Hope on May 7th and will walk into Parliament Hill on May 28th.
In Port Hope, da Luz paid a visit to Ganaraska Trail Public School before proceeding to Cobourg where he spent the night. Other stops include Grafton, Cramahe and Brighton. He’s scheduled to enter Ottawa on May 27th.
The solar car project was conceived to set world distance records, inspire people and promote the use of sustainable energy. With da Luz’s 28-Day Challenge, he seems to have accomplished his dreams and it would be interesting to see what he comes up with next.