For the simple reason that the state of our environment determines how long we as a species get to enjoy it. For we are dependent on our environment to renew ourselves. The strength of our renewal is paramount to the length of our species on earth.
Economic growth, the way we generally interpret growth, is incompatible with nature’s evolution, for the blind and selfish pursuit of wealth does not build a regenerative meritocracy needed to spawn the strength of human renewal.
“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell.” — Edward Abbey