We are at the end of the kali yuga and the evidence of that is collapsing civilisations around us as well as earth changes. The planets are symbols of consciousness and when Uranus was discovered in 1781, it represented the return of a higher state of consciousness. "They" know this which is why we're in this situation now, but their efforts are pointless because some will survive, preserving that higher state of consciousness which leads us into the next cycle when all of the degeneracy has been destroyed.
There are a lot of arguments on the timing of the yuga cycles, but this is the conclusion that I've come to through my own work. - Not all display the state of higher consciousness of course, in fact barely any, but the weak links are turning into dust. It's also worth noting that a revival of Wotanism occurred in the 1800s.
On that note, I would not expect anything to improve any time soon. I would be lying if I told you otherwise. When consciousness returns it is like a forest fire that starts, burning away everything so that new growth can occur after the fire has finished. Forest fires also illuminate the darkness which is why everything seems so awful now, because we're aware of events happening all over the world, not only on our doorsteps. But the truth is that things have been bad for a very long time.