Ever since the earth was formed, the climate has always been changing. During these changes, new species have come upon the scene and many old ones disappeared. (Wooly Mammoths have been found frozen with vegetation still in their mouths!)
Humankind has an instinctive sense that they are living in a way that is causing weather patterns to change more quickly and threaten all life as we know it on the planet. But the problem goes much deeper than relying on fossil fuels and sending greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The problem has its source in our psycho-spiritual realities. Even if you do not believe in an afterlife you can embrace the notion that how we live in the world is according to our values. What do we hold as most important? If we are selfish, we will throw noxious and hurtful influences into our mind’s ecosystem, where our decisions will have a physical affect on nature’s ecosystem.
God is the supreme environmentalist. God gardens this hidden ecosystem, if we let Him, to ensure that the most positive thoughts and desires will grow within us and be harvested by all.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, God’s Holy Word (most of the Bible) addresses not the visible physical world but the deeper environment and climate of a person’s heart and mind, where choices are made and actions taken. The “Garden of Eden” represented such an inner climate and utopia where the human spirit enjoyed a most healthy mental environment.
When this inner environment of the heart and mind is flourishing, humankind will make the proper decisions to keep the planet’s physical environment healthy and flourishing as well.
I have addressed these “rarefied” ideas in my first book, Sermon From The Compost Pile.