There is no reason that mankind cannot progress as a species and prevent from destroying the planet we live on. The established forms of energy must be reconsidered, and measures must be taken to preserve natural wonders. There must be a responsible weighing of profits versus consequences of industrializing any area.
It would be nice to say that we can make progress technologically without destroying nature if we do careful things, but at this point I think we have passed a point of no return. If we want to come and go the way we want to, then nature is going to be severely harmed.