“What exactly is our species’ end game or exit strategy if it is not to wildly rein in consumption just as fast as we can, if not faster?”
The Petrie Dish SMB.
One Agar plate, the planet.
one little group of bacteria [people] find a way to use the plate resources , sugar [oil] and start to grow. New colonies sprout up like mushroom bubbles around it or those bubbles colonists use on Mars. The central hub grows bigger, richer, more complex with the bacteria driving cars and dying their tendrils [hair] green. You can see them from the moon or at least on the petrie dish as a big white central spot.
Then, Climate change, the oil [sugar] runs out and the colony starts to decay and crumble. The lights go out.
But we [they had a good time.
The epitaph and the answer SMB. There was and never will be an end game exit strategy of consequence for the Petrie dish.
Please feel OK to use a variation of this theme [TM angech and a lot of biologists]