Beautifully written. An alarm rung when we're already hours late for work. Degradation of the seas, of marine life, reefs, etc, is especially alarming. I think we're long past the point of no return on such much of the damage we've done.
But I have to take exception with the notion that humans ever played the hands they were dealt. We've always tried to improve our lot. We pollute and have caused countless extinctions, too. But so have have other species. That is not unique to man (since we're just two guys talking, can I say "man"?).
I think it's our numbers that are proving destructive. As Agent Smith tells Morpheus: humans are the only being that fill an ecosystem, breed beyond capacity & essentially destroy it.
Thanks for writing this...