This goes to show the miracle of life on earth, how humans have evolved to be the highest form of life for our civilisation at this time. It makes you ponder the previous forms of life here - the dinosours before us. It does look like our destiny is to push the earths resources supply until nature cannot take it any more, and do a reset. Nature is the one to revere, nature is what we should all protect.
The Earth was created billions of years ago, but human-beings only came into existence millions of years ago. I believe that other planets within the Solar System takes on similar traits as the Earth; thus is it possible to be born and dead periodically through the influence of some reason. Most of civilization is short but universe included the other planets like Mars is long forever