We are part of a whole.
Our Earth is a closed system. Everything contained is interconnected, interrelated, interdependent. Everything that exists on our planet evolved in relation to everything else on the planet. "Pull one string and you find it hitched to the Universe." Separation is an illusion. How are we separate from the trees when they produce the oxygen we need to survive, and our breathing of that oxygen produces the carbon dioxide they need to survive?
There is a perfect, beautiful, innate balance that cannot be avoided or changed. I first realized this on a deep level when I was having a discussion with someone from another country, in another language. They made this statement: There isn't anything that man has created that doesn't have a negative impact. At first I argued. But then it all became clear. It was true. Everything we create has a side effect, an ugly dark side. The nature that is mined or destroyed. The trash that is created. The fumes that change the air. Even a "benevolent" invention like penicillin's side effect of destroying positive gut bacteria and creating "super viruses".
There are no shortcuts. Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It merely changes forms. Is it better? Is it worse? It's different. A battery. Penicillin. Go through every human invention - invented with the intention of adding value to the world, saving time, saving lives - and you will see that it has also had a negative side effect.
Big examples - the atomic bomb was created in order to produce abundant free power for the world. It created that, yes (well, not free, but you know what I mean): with the side effect of nuclear waste, which we STILL, 50+ years later, have not figured out how to deal with. And it created the atomic bomb, Great power, great destruction.
So let's look at things, all things, ourselves included, holistically. See the dark and the light. Look at the pluses and the minuses. Not be so hubristic to pretend that the dark is not there. And then ask; is this worth it? Is the assumed gain worth the inevitable loss?