The amount of materials we affluent people of the world extract from nature and the amount of waste we throw back, is vastly more than nature can regenerate. We destroy ecosystems to points of no recovery. We simply take too much.
Why this happens is not surprising when you realise what’s hiding in plain sight:
consume (transitive verb) 1) to do away with completely : DESTROY
The greatest victory of neoliberalism has been to get people to believe that they are consumers and that the more they consume the better.
To break free of this doublespeak, try to exchange "consume" with "ravage" and "consumer" with "destroyer". For example:
It is not extremist to ask for less complete destruction.