Gardens on apartment property
Most 3-storey walk-up apartment buildings have boring empty front lawns. These lawns could be replaced either with garden plots for the inhabitants, or with landscaping of native plantings to provide habitat for birds and insects. Create a system so that if the people in that specific building weren't interested in gardening, their plot would be assigned to other neighbourhood gardeners. (Since you wouldn't want to replace boring lawns with even more boring empty plots of earth/weeds.)
Several private apts and co-ops already have gardens. This is done at the discretion of the land-owner.
Thea Hollett commented
If the Earth is going to get warmer, then trees will be needed to give shade, hold moisture, attract rain (water only goes where it can be cleansed and purified). Vancouver does not have enough forests in urban settings - Stanley Park, Endowment lands, To say we have enough trees is ignorant! The work that trees do creating air... - go over to West Vancouver and feel the better quality air than in the city - more trees are needed in the city so that decent air is breathed - so that people think better - so that cool air is available on a 40+ degree day. So that our city looks like a park, not a parking lot. One lane for public transit... One lane for bikes and the rest for trees. Note - there are no lanes for cars. Take away the Roman grid for cars and make the city people friendly.
Pradeep K.Verma MBBS commented
Growing trees under any pretext is certainly a great idea for global reasons but BC does have enough forests and trees for regional purposes. For Vancouver and BC, growing trees here is not a high priority and it is smarter to invest those resources in other areas to gain better mileage. A fascinating and fun filled plan is to let kids own fruit bearing trees just as United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has given 800 poor families in Tajikistan thousands of seedlings to plant not only to provide fruit, but to offset the carbon footprint of vehicles used in the agency's food aid work http://bit.ly/UNWFPagw This would serve as a powerful motivator for children to become sustainability conscience, which is a very powerful reason to plant these trees which are not really in short supply in Canada. To save the planet from Global Warming we need to turn the Sahara Green http://bit.ly/GrnSahara That is the plan B that we must now focus on after conceding that we are not going to win the battle against global warming. We simply cannot halt it, it is too late. It is pertinent to understand this all in the context of UNFCCC decoded. http://vsrbc.web.officelive.com/UNFCCC.aspx