This particular time on this planet is no better or worse than any other time, but it IS a time of great change. Like the birth of a human child. There's no stopping the creation of a new age that's coming. Everybody's trying to predict the future, but all bets are off - the future is sure to be none of the above. Some think the economy's gonna crash, some think it'll soar, and some are trying to get loose of it. And some think things are going to go on the same...Not.
Many now think our ecosystem is dying, and in some ways it IS collapsing. But there is absolutely nothing that makes it a certainty that the planetary extinction event we are in cannot be slowed or even reversed. Humanity is at its highest point of evolution. We have the technology to quickly re-green damaged land, for instance. And our communications technology makes it possible now for all humanity to get on the same page.
In our planet's memory (though few think about it) is the fact that what is now the United States was once abundant from coast to coast with an incredible diversity of life. A species capable of going to the Moon is surely able to end war and work as one to get off the suicidal destruction of the living environment we as a species are engaged in at the moment. High-tech cooperation - using new applications of technologies already existing but kept secret and proprietary by militaries and businesses - can transition us away from ever again having to go under ground or water to get coal or oil or gas. We can get off combustion entirely.
As a result of global average warming, methane (natural gas) is now leaking from formerly frozen areas under ocean and land. We don't have to frack any more because we're literally now awash in natural gas which is going up into the atmosphere where it is adding to the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide. This runaway greenhouse positive feedback effect is one of the reasons some scientists think it's too late for us. But there are technological ways to get rid of methane already in the atmosphere and decrease the amount going into the atmosphere in the first place. One thing we can do is harvest natural gas from areas it's already being emitted into the atmosphere and use it in fuel cells to make electricity. The natural gas boom will soon turn into an all-out effort to slow its emission and harvest some to make electricity without having to burn it (which makes carbon dioxide).
Carbon dioxide and methane are only bad when they are thrown into the atmosphere as waste, where they increase the global average temperature. So let's stop wasting them. Every third grader can learn to help plants (from one-celled algae to giant trees) grow to use the co2 we have too much of. We're surrounded by opportunity!
As we learn to stop telling Nature what to do, and rather learn to nurture and harmonize with the infinite diversity of life, we'll be on the way to restoring our home, Earth.