English-interpreting quote

What does this quote mean?
"In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy."
I'm supposed to keep in mind the depetion of our ocean resources..

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  1. The quote means that we will be judged by what we preserve and conserve in addition to what we create.

    This site may help you tie in the depletion (note spelling) of ocean resources.

    http://www.actionbioscience.org/environment/pew.html

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