Floris and Quinn are enthusiastic about the Rainproof project in which their class participates. Now they are walking around with flyers to convince their fellow villagers to remove the paving stones along the façade and to create a beautiful façade garden! They want to win the NC tile-swiping 2022 competition! Their motto: "Tile out, plant in!"
Floris and Quinn used the website climatescan.nl to find out where heat stress and water nuisance occur in their village. They went to those places and interviewed the people living there about how they experience heat stress and water nuisance and what they themselves do about it. What they noticed in their conversations with people is that people who have lived in Amstelveen for a very long time immediately started talking about raising the groundwater level, now that there are far fewer farmers in the area. That would be good for nature. They also think the municipality should do more maintenance, such as removing mud and reeds in ditches. A lot of young residents, however, complain about wet cellars and do not want the ground level to be raised at all. They find the reeds very natural. This is precisely why they moved to an outlying area. Because there were quite a few differences in the residents’ opinions about heat and flooding, it was difficult to come up with an action that would suit all residents.
But Floris and Quinn finally found it! What helps against drought, flooding and heat is a green environment, with plants in the ground. And this is definitely possible in the built-up environment. Unlike paving, water in a green flower bed or garden can sink in quickly when there is heavy rainfall. The roots of the plants retain moisture and prevent dehydration and erosion. Besides, the greenery also has a cooling effect. You can work on this yourself very easily. Just lift a few tiles from the street next to your house and put plants in them. This action can be done almost anywhere in any municipality.
Floris and Quinn are particularly motivated to inspire residents to get their tiles flipped. By means of an appealing flyer with tips on tile-flipping and the creation of façade gardens, they hope that as many people as possible will participate. It would be fantastic if their municipality wins the championshi