Creation's Inherent Value and Sanctity

"In spite of the fact that 'all things which [the Lord] had made were very good' (Moses 2:31), and even though it is said that his preparations for the earth were finished (Moses 3:1), it is interesting to note that he put Adam into the garden of Eden 'to dress it and to keep it' (Moses 3:15) and to subdue the earth (Moses 2:28). Such phrases suggest that the earth needs to be looked after and that man has the responsibility to dress, to keep, and to maintain the earth as a habitable place. The indication is that in the beginning the Lord placed upon man the responsibility for the use he makes of his environment."
Robert J. Matthews

"What the Scriptures Say About: Ecology" in March 1972 New Era.