I live in an industrial area and the water is polluted in the tap, and the air is difficult to breath. So, I have to look past the garbage to see the trees.
That is why I like doing the 40Km Drive as often as I can to get to my Buddhist Temple Community Garden so that I can get my Hands into the Earth and get back to being One with Nature.
Is there any Community Gardens in your area that you could get involved with? I would recommend getting into Community Gardening if I were you.