The position Christians took was that Jesus was coming back and would make all things new. Because Jesus was going to fix everything, we did not feel responsible to care for the earth. Thankfully, much has changed in practice and theology. The LORD put humankind in charge of the earth to care for it.
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.”