It was said that a squirrel could cross Ohio from tree to tree without ever touching the ground. Later all the trees were uprooted for cropland coal mines and quarries. These days the fields are being converted into subdivisions and the scars into landfills. The settler's offspring still see nature as something to be conquered and exploited. Developers will build wherever they can and defy the EPA and Corps of Engineers in the process, spreading the population thinner and the concrete thicker.
No one seems to take global warming seriously. With the record high temps last week folks switched on the AC for the year. The coal fired plant that provides the power is literally buying out an entire town because the acid clouds it spews were blistering the resident's faces. And they're no longer going to be held accountable for the acid rain in New York's lakes and New England's forests. Meanwhile the entire east coast sprawl is facing drought conditions and on it goes.
Any environmental planning going on in your neck of the woods?