Thank you so much. These questions are those addressed by Ecopsychology. I studied traditional psychology, but like you, since I was a small child I intrinsically knew something was missing. It was nature. Almost 20 years ago, with the same concerns as you, I began to seek for a science that not only included nature, but is based upon it. Ecopsychology connects our evolutionary Earth-based belonging to consciousness. My passion now, is to share that this is an actual, living, solution.
You are quite correct about catastrophe. We have the short term interests of extremely powerful men up against everybody else, including biodiversity.
It is often difficult to remain an optimist, but I do believe our species can learn this simple cure: to study nature (efficiency and sustainable self-generation) and learn from nature’s lead.