I have friends in both of two camps: those who believe that we're all contributing to the next great mass extinction, that our time on Earth will either be short and brutal or lengthy but extremely dark, crowded and unpleasant, and those who feel that the changes will be of a spiritual nature, humanity will reach ever greater levels of self-awareness and transcendance, and we'll all turn into air. Or something.
But the time grows closer, and, after watching the "Millennium" scare manifest as less than nothing, it seems unlikely that there will be any big event. Well, I guess we could fall off the so-called "fiscal cliff." It seems more likely that we will all continue to do what comes next: go to our jobs (if we have one), be distracted by movies and sports, worry about our weight and our hairlines, and do a great imitation of a pride of ostriches, wherein we act like nothing is happening.
The trees, of course, do not share my gloom and doom view of our futures. They are accepting and, well ... zen about it all. Maybe Buddhists got their ideas from trees?