The article, of course, gets it exactly upside-down.
We are massively and furiously driving most of the rest of complex life over the brink of extinction at a rate conservatively 1000 times the background extinction rate.
Try to halt an extinction?
That puts us in some kind of 'reluctant hero' position as the savior who maybe just couldn't manage to save this one species.
But really we are the ones hording life off of the planet for good.