When discussing possible alternatives, there always seems to be an unspoken assumption that anything we choose must maintain or improve our current standard of living. But that may simply not be possible. If it becomes a matter of survival, maybe we will have to return to a peasant economy, with just a few essential machines. Maybe the majority of people, instead of a tiny fraction, will have to become involved in food production. Maybe we won't be able to have private cars anymore, regardless of how they are fueled. These things need to be at least taken into consideration.
I feel the vast majority of the population do not grasp the gravity of the situation the planet's people are
Fixed. The planet will recover in its own good time once we're all gone.