As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe that the earth and all of its inhabitants, even down to the most minute and seemingly insignificant microbe, has a purpose and a place here. Sometimes, due to the many stresses in life, we may feel that we are as insignificant as a microbe. But I believe that Heavenly Father loves and notices each of us. We are more precious than golden ore or even the vast, bountiful seas, for we are Children of God and this earth is the beautiful home that he provides for us to grow, develop, and learn on. We matter to him and this beautiful planet matters to him. He has given us many resources and much beauty to enjoy.
When I see the astounding beauty of our world, when I learn something new about how our bodies function, how they grow and how they heal, I can't help but think of Heavenly Father and how through him all earthly and spiritual goodness flows.
The following comes from the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 59:
"... all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart, … to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.”
Further on the Section continues:
"And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess..." (D&C 59:18-20)
Not to excess. In other words, God has entrusted the earth to his human children to enjoy all the bounty that is therein, but not to waste and ruin it.
It is my hope that we will enjoy the earth and its abundance with an attitude of gratitude and with more focus on conservation, recycling and reusing, not with a wasteful attitude of consumption.
God gave us the earth and all of its resources to use; he didn't give it to us to abuse.
This is what I believe.