I very much see our environment vastly and constantly improving. Today is the best world we as humans have ever lived in.
I am very close to becoming a certified environmental horticulturist, and I just had about 13 paragraphs written about how wrong I think you are. But it was way too heavy, and slightly off topic so I cut it back a little bit.
I also understand. As a human, it feels great to be able to go to 7-11 and get virtually anything you want in 2 seconds. Oh Henry, Snickers, CHIPS!!! Trust me man. I am 22, If I could shut my mind off and just enjoy what surrounds me, I'm sure I would 100% agree with you. But I can't be that ignorant.
We live in a non-sustainable environment, where industrial methods are REQUIRED (demanded) to feed us, clothe us, and keep us warm, becauseeeee there are 6+ billion of us now.
An "optimist" in my situation could say that security and guaranteed survival are two things that do NOT exist in nature, and unfortunately, that applies to us, our children, and their children as well.
In that case, who who cares if we are 5-6 years past peak oil usage, and who cares if the canadian tar sands will only give us about 11 months of worldwide oil usage in total, and who cares if we basically have to use half of that oil to get it out of the ground, so that we can make some more cars?
I guess we were ****** anyway, right?
Reduce the population by 75% minimum and I will say it is the best world we as humans have ever lived in. The research I've done over the last 2 years, many experts would say going back to 1960's we had a perfect opportunity to keep our population fed and taken care of sustainably. The money hungry always want a piece of the action, and putting anything that by right should belong to humans into the hands of greedy men, was the wrong decision, in my opinion.
But, this is where I cut myself off this time because this is the issue that leads to just about every 'political' problem we have.