Great quote from Gregory Bateson in his classic book ‘Steps to an Ecology of Mind’ which may go some way to explaining the difficult Christianity sometimes has with environmental issues, though obviously many Christians get this issue of stewardship of the natural world, those that don’t may be suffering from what Bateson describes:
‘If you put God outside and set him vis a vis his creation and if you have the idea that you are created in his image, you will logically and naturally see yourself as outside and against the things around you. And as you arrogate all mind to yourself, you will see the world around you as mindless and therefore not entitled to moral or ethical considerations. The environment will seem to be yours to exploit. You survival unit will be you and your folks or conspecifics against the environment or other social units, other races, and the brutes and vegetables.
If this is your estimate of your relation to nature and you have an advanced technology, your likelihood of survival will be that of a snowball in hell. You will die either of the toxic by-products of your own hate, or, simply of over-population and over-grazing. The raw materials of the world are finite.’