"The winds of change may blow around you, but that will always be so."
(In The Light, Robert Plant)
Or, as Grace Slick once said, "Life is change. How it differs from the rocks." It cannot be stopped. With every passing instant change occurs. However, can it be guided, even controlled? Well, isn't that the point of the evolution of human intelligence - to alter the direction of inevitable change so it might work out in our favor as a species? Having, possibly, gained control of the possibility could humans not also guide the direction of change to work out in the favor of the other living things on earth with which human existence is so entwined? Sure. It's obvious we can.
Do we? Do we as a species combine in cooperation (which is a feature of the social species which we are) and effect this change we're capable of causing with our now wide apprehension of knowledge and our experience which spans hundreds of thousands of years behind us? Unfortunately, it looks quite like that we don't, and we really have to wonder; drill down to the exact reasons, why we don't. If we don't, we'll be the only species to willfully exist contrary to the natures we have so arduously and painstakingly evolved. Furthermore, we will be in abrogation of our debt to previous generations that labored so selflessly to ensure our species continued to exist so we could be here ourselves.
That alone would be a marvel at which to wonder, and you can bet future generations will certainly be looking at this current humanity wondering what in the world prevented us from taking obvious steps to not only improve our own present condition, but to ensure the continuation of human development is not impeded by a self-centered, or indolent generation. That will not be the way we would wish to be recalled, but if it is who we are and how we proceeded, then that is how we will certainly be known - the ones who dropped the ball; the ones who spent their time entertaining themselves disregarding the condition of their own species and disregarding their duty to advance humanity.
The long and short of it is, there are people among us who profit by negating our development. By making money in this process, they gain stature in our society and thereby power to control outcomes, and their preferred outcome is any condition which makes them money regardless of what the results will be to our species. This is an illness of the mind, and the self. It is a disorder which is rewarded with success. So, we cannot blame these people for they aren't rewarding themselves. It is the society itself that is rewarding them through envy of their possessions, and jealousy of the ease of their lives by the fact they do have this money they've made using us in this way. We allow it. It is, therefore, our fault.