Shouldn't we be glad we're being forced to stop consuming so much? Isn't recession good for the planet? Won't we be putting less crap into the environment?
Of course when I say "good for the planet", what I really mean is "good for our future on the planet." The planet isn't bothered whether our civilization survives or not. It's all about us.
It takes a hell of a lot to kill a planet. I read somewhere that we couldn't do it if we tried. We could let off all our nuclear weaponry at once and the planet would sail on, largely unfazed.
There was a show on TV a month or two back which showed what would happen if the human race disappeared tomorrow. Basically the green stuff would take over. In something like 500 years (time doesn't matter when there's no-one watching the clock) New York would be a wood with a river running through it. Every other city would be much the same.
You'd have to look hard for evidence we were ever here. The human construction that would last the longest is the Mount Rushmore memorial- because, after all, it is a mountain.
But even mountains go down eventually. Once upon a time there were mountains across the South of England higher than the Alps. All that's left of them are the rolling Downs.