Operatie Steenbreek is a community initiative organized in The Hague by Duurzaam Den Haag to combat the city losing its greenery to pavement. People are encouraged to remove tiles and stones from their gardens and can exchange these for free plants from a local plant store, to plant in the place ofthe removed tiles.
Greener gardens allow rain to trickle down to groundwater more easily than through pavement. Additionally, it helps both plants and animals by offering protection and food. Lastly, by increasing the greenery there are more plants to capture CO2, thus removing it from the atmosphere. Overall, although it is just a small change to make in a garden, it can have great effects in terms of sustainability.
Sustainable Cities and Communities: The city is made more sustainable by increasing the greenery and reducing the paved areas.
Climate Action:CO2 capture is increased through the addition of more plants.
Life on Land: There are more green areas and natural habitat, thus improving biodiversity.