People think “economy” is only about money. This is why everybody feeds only this aspect by the promotion and practice of consumerism.
In fact, consumerism helps create jobs, capture international investors' attention, etc. All this money movement is what economists call “to activate the economy”, considering it positive in all cases.
This purely quantitative approach has another direct consequence, the today widely assumed “more is better”.
In the long term, as a result, this maelstrom focused on money will exhaust the actual resources. We depend primarily on nature, only source of all our goods. Like it or not, nature ignores all about our conventions and more or late will end waking us up from our fantasy of dominance: money isn't an actual resource, not even a material good, but just an abstraction of ours.
This is the issue. Focused, specialized, unable to see the whole picture, human mind is lost in its own abstractions. Our big deal and survival requisite is to relearn again and again and in an ascending order of difficulty to put our feet on the ground.
Real economy is about clever use of real resources.