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I do believe that unstructured interaction with nature is more valuable. But in order to have that without wrecking nature, we need a LOT more nature than people. If there's a big patch of nature with only a few people, their damage tends to be trivial and quickly repaired. If there's only a small patch of nature with a lot of people, it doesn't take long for them to demolish it unless they are being exceptionally careful.
Looking at my yard, I expect to lose some trees and shrubs. I'm currently watering the contorta willow and the rowan tree, in hopes of salvaging those. But I won't be surprised if they die anyhow, and there are other things turning brown too. When I replant, I will probably choose different species. There's no point trying to grow something that can't withstand whatever the local conditions now are. I'll discount things that were newly planted, though, and only count established plants as drought vulnerable.
I can only imagine they must be wearing earplugs or something; at close range the noise must be deafening.