“Environmental”  concerns are nothing new. The Israelites entered a land “flowing with milk and honey” (Ex 13:5; 33:3; Lev 2:24; Num 14:8; Josh 5:6). Canaan was called a “good land” (Deut 6:18; Josh 23:13), a land cared for by God (Deut 11:12), even a “very, very good land” (Num 14:7). Deuteronomy 8:7-9 cites a cornucopia of products: fountains, springs, wheat, barley, olive trees, and vines.
By the end of the Old Testament, however, the picture changes. What was once considered the wealth of a nation is described as barren, depleted, and defiled (Jer 2:7). Deforestation caused by war (Jdg 9:46-49; 2 Kg 3:19, 25; Jer 6:6), overgrazing (Jud 6:5), even idol worship (Jer 10:3). Laws regarding agriculture (Lev 25), horticulture (Lev 19:10, 23-25), and forestry (Deut 20:19-20) were ignored.
While some would want to rush to judgment against industry and business, Scripture indicates that so-called “environmental” problems began as a disintegration of the relation between Israel and God (Jer 9:12-13; Mic 7:13). God chastised His people using weather which caused crop failure and drought (cf. Ps 78:47-48; Jer 14:3-6; Amos 4:7-8). The decay of God-centered earth-keeping set the stage for misuse and abuse of the creation through a human-centered view of the earth.
Following God’s commands for earth-keeping, however, provided nourishment for all. “Give careful attention to your herds” (Prov 27:23, 27). Even during captivity the Triune God commanded “plant gardens and eat what they produce” (Jer 29:5) building prosperity for individual and nation alike (29:7). Obedience to God and fruitfulness of the land was intricately tied together (Lev 20:24; Deut 11:17). The new earth will yield its plenty when people are changed toward their Maker (Ezek 36:25-30).
Prosperity produces the possibility of private property development (cf 1 Kg 4:25; 1 Chr 27:25-31). Love of the soil spurred Uzziah’s land development providing work for people and cultivation of the land (2 Chr 26:10). Ownership provides for a flourishing economy (cf. Jer 39:10; 40:10; 41:8). However the person who worships production over the Possessor is called a “fool” because their view of this life was not governed by the next life (cf. Luke 12:6-21). Indeed, the coming kingdom on earth is marked by “every man sitting under his own fig tree,” a sign of prosperity (Mic 4:4). 
“Creation” is a better term for which Christians should reference The Creator’s world. Mark a big fan of enjoying “all of God’s creation” (1 Tim 6.17). Dr. Mark Eckel teaches at Capital Bible Seminary (first written for an ACSI enabler on biblical integration in 2002).
 Environment means a web of interconnectedness. Biblically this is a troublesome word since humans are not “one with the earth” where all things are simply seen as one giant ecosystem. People are vice-regents of God responsible to cultivate and conserve the earth (Gen 2:5, 15).
 A tremendous resource for Christian interaction with “environmental” science is Caring for Creation in your own Backyard: Over 100 Things Christian Families Can Do to Help the Earth by Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson (Ann Arbor: Servant, 1992).