The only counter argument that could be made is that the evolutionary history of our planet is interspersed with periods of rejuvenation and destruction. The most prominent of these episodes is the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, which paved the way for the rise of mammals (including us). Hence, some would argue that what is the fuss about global warming, ecosystem destruction, etc, as they are cyclical events of nature.
Synthesis & Conclusion:
But the crucial flaw in the above counter argument is that the present conflict between humans and environment is not inevitable by any means. While the extinction of dinosaurs was precipitated by the bombardment of earth by a giant meteor, the prevailing ecological problems are largely caused by us and thereby it is our moral responsibility to act correctively. We are not responsible for destruction caused by geological events such as earth-quakes, eruption of volcanoes, etc. But it is imperative that we take responsibility for the consequences of our own actions. Hence, the need of the hour is for us to realize the futility in believing that we could successfully exploit nature. To the contrary, we must learn to co-exist, adapt and respect the demands of Mother Nature.
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Pauly, Daniel & Watson, Reg, The Last Fish, Scientific American, July, 2003.