We think of humans as suffering from stress but as often as not humans cause stress. Humans have always stressed their environment. Many of the environmental changes have occurred as a result of humans placing the environment under stress. I have already written about how I think this occurred on Easter Island; another example is how the fields of grain that surrounded ancient Athens regressed into difficult land to farm, as the topsoil eroded due to the human methods of farming.
In larger ecosystems stress seems to cause a regression of that ecosystem into regression into an earlier state. For example some seas were once abounding with herring and mackerel. When these fish were removed by human over fishing, smaller species thrives, like the sand eel, which were species that could grow quickly to fill up the available space and food. If humans remove trees from a forest the species that then grow are faster growing species and the land regresses into a pre forest state, sometimes never to be able to return, because of the impact of cutting trees.
Sometimes the trees do return on the basis that the slowest can win the longest race, but as trees do have a major impact on local climate, the stress on the environment by removing trees may be fatal. We have stressed that environment and in doing so adversely affected the life forms that were established there. We have conquered like an army that wastes the countryside it conquers.
There will always be tension between people and the other life forms that inhabit the places where people live. You cannot walk, eat, or even breathe without affected some other life and without ending the life of some living thing. We have to eat carefully, tread lightly and breathe deeply.