|Yeah it might sound cynical, but I've worked in environmental 'management' long enough to understand that we're just biding time and that everything and anything we do can be changed in an instant by forces far greater than we can possibly comprehend.
It always amazes me that no matter what we do and how 'technologically advanced' we think we are, we are still completely and utterly tied to plants.
They provide the air we breathe, the fuel we put in our cars, the electricity for our houses, the food on our plates (whether you're vege or carnivore), the money in our wallets and the clothes on our backs.
We can put people on the moon and work out distances to far away solar systems via complex maths, yet we can't escape the fact that our entire existance is tied to plants.
Interestingly, plants are also way more advanced, from an evolutionary point of view, than we are...when the last female and male human is gone, our entire species is gone forever; yet plants can wait out catastrophic events and keep their seeds alive for (in some spp) up to 10,000 years and make food from water and sunlight...and we think we're the superior species...humans and our debates around carbon tax schemes don't even rate!