Designer Fritz Haeg creates Animal Estates at the Whitney, Edible Landscape and other projects to connect to the environment. This may not be the approach favored by you, but for me it represents one of the myriad ways someone might choose to address Climate Change, Peak Oil and the other crises of our lives.
Sorry, had to remove the embedded video because it came on - with an ad- without clicking play. Drove me nuts. So, I left a link instead.