Thanks for responding to my comment.Well my friend, I can't quite take credit for that paragraph -- since I did not write it, but I'm glad that part connected with you
That said, I do think human (over)consumption is a problem in many parts of the world, including United States.
Of course, although it's surprising that so many people don't see the connection to consumerism and the current situation (global warming, huge gap between what the 1% gets and what the rest of us get, current world wide unrest). Given that it is a consensus viewpoint that the basis of the American economy is domestic spending on consumer stuff from fast food to tract houses and new cars, we're a long way from changing directions.
I don't think it's a matter of technological fixes. I worked on the Los Angeles regional air quality plan in the late 1970's. The net result was a 90% reduction in air pollution. Since then, the population has increased and pollution increased to over 50% of what it had been before the plan was implemented. And, this is with the creation of a regional transit system that keeps being expanded to meet demand.
I doubt that the world's movers and shakers are ready or willing to do what is necessary to forestall a very unpleasant next couple of hundred years.