People act like extinction is inevitable. The end is not nigh! It isn't even near! Yes we make our lives miserable and can look ahead to dysfunctional dystopia but so? Yeah ...so?
So at some point we wake the F up and amid killer summer heat we invent a non fossil fuel civilization and we suffer through the worst before natural sequestering systems reduce the carbon in the atmosphere and the world stabilizes.
Yes we will have lost the bountiful Earth and created an Earth of scarcity and want but for that future, we strive to make it better.
Solar and wind power, electric vehicles, perhaps atmospheric CO2 scrubbing and sequestering etc. people act like the future is static. The end is nigh future in fact! I think the end of the good times and the days when all around us existed the biological miracle will be missed but we will adapt. Heck we might even figure out a way to solve overpopulation by traveling to other planets!
The future we make will be messed up by the greed of the present but by the time one future arrives (the global warming catastrophe) then we will be working on creating a new future (where it will be less climate chaos).
I think the natural world that we grew up in will be terribly damaged for a long time but eventually a new biosphere's distribution will stabilize. Palm trees in Alaska and boreal forest in Antarctica maybe but that is where our greed brings us! A cabana on the Artic Riviera? How about roads constructed of CO2 absorbing concrete? Solar paint?
No the future ain't what it used to be!
But then we won't be like the way we are now either.