Desertification is a word used to describe the depletion of fertile land through abusive practices, such as deforestation or monocultural agricultural applications. Sustainability is sacrificed in the interest of short-term yields. The result is that rich, fertile, living soil becomes degraded and desertlike.
When nature is treated like a finite resource rather than a living co-entity, desertification is reliably the result.
I often see parallel desertifying dynamics playing out in human social environments, for the same kinds of reasons.
When we humans choose to treat the Earth -- or Each Other -- in abusive and controlling ways, we are quite often successful. We get the desired result of a whole lot of sameness, lack of diversity, monoculturalism. That pervasive sameness looks, feels, and smells much like a desert - lifeless, infertile, depleted, de-energized,.........dead.
Is that really what we want, for the Earth or for Our existence?