Reducing absolute poverty is exactly what is so detrimental for us as a species. It is our consumption that is destroying this planet for us. It’s what’s behind climate change and it’s why we have started the sixth mass extinction. It’s our success that is the problem.
Reducing poverty is just another way of saying ‘increase consumption’.
Obviously this is a nasty reality -or inconvenient truth if you will-but this doesn’t stop it from being the truth.