Let us make mankind in our image.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”…..Link
Indeed, the world upon which God settled humanity was one of beauty and grandeur. They were the kings and queens of all they surveyed, yet given a task which proved beyond us.
There are a plethora of Scripture references to the marvels of the work of God’s hands.
Creation Bible Verses (KJV)
Hebrews 11:3 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (KJV)
Psalm 104:24-25 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. Creation Bible Verses (KJV) This link will open in a new tab where you will find many more references.
Equally so, enough Law to reveal the ways and means of conserving creation.
According the Tanakh God educates the Jews about the restrictions on their use of natural resources. When we incorporate these rules, we obtain a standard program of action adequately distinct to express a core “Jewish resource policy.” Many of its fundamental elements are developed further in classical Jewish writings. paraphrased
The law of bal tashkhit ((Hebrew: בל תשחית) (“do not destroy”)) is mentioned in -Deuteronomy 20:19-20. “When in your war against a city you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees, wielding the ax against them. You may eat of them, but you must not cut them down. Are trees of the field human to withdraw before you into the besieged city? Only trees that you know do not yield food may be destroyed; you may cut them down for constructing siegeworks.“
But this cuts both ways because there are occasions when Law dictates destruction.
Deuteronomy 12:2-3 has this to say “When elements of nature become objects of idolatry, as happens in pagan cults, the Israelites are told to demolish them: “You must destroy all the sites at which the nations you are to dispossess worshipped their gods, whether on lofty mountains and on hills or under any luxuriant tree. Tear down their altars, smash their pillars, put their Asherahs to the fire, and cut down the images of their gods, obliterating their name from that site.” Some claim that the Asherah may have been a sacred grove, but it is more likely to have been a man-made, wooden cultic object.
There are more instructions on various aspects of husbandry and Conservation in the remainder of the article, some of which were in use until the era of the large paddock rather than the smaller fields.
Sifting through both scripture and Talmud (Judaism’s Approach to Environmental Quality by Yehudah Leo Levi) We discover adequate instruction on all aspects of Environmental preservation. So why did they not and why do we not follow the spirit of the letter of the Law of Hashem.
Rape, (Brassica napus, variety napus), also called rapeseed or colza, plant of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), grown for its seeds, which yield canola, or rapeseed, oil. reference https://www.britannica.com/plant/rape-plant