I have just begun to read a book called "Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change." The author addresses one of the most challenging "human predicaments" of our time.
It's an eye opener! I highly suggest checking it out.
Read the first 100 or so pages here
My favorite quote, so far...
"Nature is going to require reduction of human dominance over the world ecosystem. The changes this will entail are so revolutionary that we will be almost overwhelmingly tempted instead to prolong and augment our dominance at all costs.... The paramount need for a post-exuberant humanity is to remain human in the face of dehumanizing pressures. To do this we must learn somehow to base exuberance of spirit upon something more lasting than the expansive living that sustained it in the recent past. But, as if we were driving a car that has become stuck on a muddy road, we feel an urge to bear down harder on the accelerator and to spin our wheels vigorously in an effort to power ourselves out of the quagmire. This reflex will only dig us deeper. We have arrived at a point in history where counter-intuitive thoughtways are essential."