A huge difference I notice between living in California and Florida is my environmental outrage. But not for the reasons you might think. Certainly, California deserves its reputation as a leader in many areas of environmental stewardship. But what makes it so seductive is that the really horrible damage in California was done more than 100 years ago. Nobody living there today watched salmon runs disappearing from San Francisco Bay (or the creeks of Oakland for that matter). Nobody living today saw hydraulic mining operations washing away mountainsides, or watched as 95% of the Bay's wetlands were filled dredged, or diked. Hell, San Francisco's water supply was made possible by drowning a valley in Yosemite National Park.
But here, some of the Truffula Trees are still standing, and land rape is still up close and personal.