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This UK town has got a pavement that generates electricity when you walk on it

The £4 million initiative aims to get people talking about climate change

Written by
Faima Bakar

Imagine if you could charge your phone with every step you take. We’re not talking about portable chargers (which in turn also need to be charged) but of an innovative bit of technology being trialled in one UK town.

Telford in Shropshire has a bouncy new pavement that generates electricity when people walk on it. This energy can then be used to charge mobile phones at a bench nearby.

A solar-powered screen also illustrates the amount of energy produced by the new pavement, located between Telford Central train station and the town centre. 

The £4 million initiative was launched by Telford and Wrekin Council in an effort get people talking about climate change.

Councillor Carolyn Healy said: ‘This pavement is a fun way to keep the climate conversation going and nudge people to consider how they can help make our borough become more sustainable.

‘It’s also about letting people know what we’re doing as a council to fight climate change, which we hope will inspire them to make sustainable changes in their own lives.’

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