Is there any practical references about environmental protection as well as protection of earth? Whether Jesus mentioned about any of these topics somewhere?
it's about being a good person, doing what is good. that is what God calls us to be and to do. if you only do things that are expressly written in the bible your life will be empty, Jesus gave us an example, He didn't say you can only do what I have told you to do.
He said to Love others as yourself, I think that taking care of the environment falls under that for sure. if we pollute the environment we are not loving the people that will come after us.
God Gave us Guidelines, and sometimes you have to Pray and Ask, "God is this your will?"
Taking care of the planet falls under the
The Bible can tell you about the kind of Person that God/Jesus is, therefore it's like saying
If you search on Google with keywords like "bible environmental", you will get many sites which claim that the Bible supports the idea of Environmental Protection. EarthCare has a good summary of relevant verses on environmental care, some of them are...
However, these verses are not directly referring to environmental protection, though they can be put forth for the argument.
Keep your Temporary Home clean: The earth belongs to us and we must take care of it, not because God commanded us to do it so. This is a secular matter. Though we will stay here only for a while, lets take care of this Temporary Home. It would be a foolish thing to pollute our home.
Can we really take care of the Earth? NO! It is in God's care. God created this world according to His will and will destroy it again by the same will. No matter how hard we try to preserve the environment and wild life, God is going to destroy this earth by fire anyway on the Day of Judgement. In that sense, it might be pointless to strive hard in protecting the environment.
God will destroy this present world by fire and will create a new Heaven and Earth, a new Earth far far better than the present.
We are not permanent on this earth, we have a destination ahead. We must not set our hearts on this world because we are only travelers here.
Conclusion: If you want to protect the environment, go do it. There is nothing wrong in it. It's a good thing. It proves that you are a good human. Only good people think about those things and only fools neglect them. But please, do not include Christianity to the context. Don't try to relate them. Does that mean we should start polluting the environment? Not at all! Only foolish people would do that.
The idea that human populations have the capability to significantly alter the ecosystem of the world around them for the worse is a fairly modern one. Although a few manmade environmental catastrophes have occurred even in ancient times--Lebanon comes to mind, for example!--the concept that humans are destroying the planet and have a moral obligation to work to protect it is largely a product of modern times, when heavy industry made the negative effects of pollution severe enough and widespread enough for the general public to notice, and mass communication technologies enabled people to bring it to the attention of the common man.
Simply put, it wasn't generally considered an issue in Biblical times, and therefore isn't directly mentioned in the Bible. Therefore, any search for God's will on the subject would require some sort of interpretation and deduction based on tangentially related issues.
For example, we read in Genesis that Adam and Eve, and later Noah and his family, were given dominion over the earth. And in the Parable of the Pounds, (Luke 19:11-26) Jesus speaks of a group of servants, each given stewardship over equal resources for a certain length of time. Those who managed what they had been entrusted with wisely were rewarded, while those who did not were punished when the day of reckoning came.
This seems like the most relevant thing Jesus has to say on the subject. Like the servants in the parable, all of mankind has been given stewardship over the resources of the earth, and the Savior's words lead us to believe that an accounting of what we have done with that which was entrusted to us--including the Earth we have been given to dwell upon--will be required when the day of judgment comes.
Having said this, it's important to remember that this is only one thing out of many that are required of us. There are some people and groups who have become infamous due to their extreme dedication to environmental causes, which occasionally lead them to commit crimes or other exceptionally poor behavior. So we should also bear in mind Jesus's strong words of condemnation for those who have no sense of perspective in Matthew 23: 23-24:
The commandments in Leviticus 25:2-5 already quoted by @Mawia give a plain teaching that the land needs rest. It directly implies that man cannot use the resources forever. God punishes Israel later in history for that.
Hosea 2:3 talks about become like a wilderness like punishment. A wilderness is a bad thing, but is exactly what the land becomes when man extract resources without care. In Brazil, we have big areas devastated by sugarcane plantations. Where we had forests now we got only sand and lack of water. I´m certain that God will take account of the people who did it, if they did not repent.
Just a thought: maybe, if industries would extract resources to some point, take a pause or just move to another place in order to let the previous area to rest, we would have much less environmental problems.
Environmentalism is reminding folks how:
The various catechisms of Christianity have held that the commandments against theft and murder speak of a duty not only to stop doing bad things but to preserve and promote the interests of your neighbor's body and property. I cite them here to show how deeply rooted this interpretation of Scripture is found in the basic teaching documents of the faith: (Brackets below found in original material.)
This duty for positive aid of neighbor is also shown in Westminster Catechism:
Similarly, the Heidelberg Catechism says, "to protect them from harm as much as we can, and to do good even to our enemies."
Luther's Large Catechism, Explanation to the Fifth Commandment, even goes on to mention someone trapped in rising water:
As far as a practical example to explain how it all fits together, here are two:
1) You covet your neighbor's boat and recreational life. You get a big one yourself bring your boat across the country without sterilizing it and bring some new kind of mussel that clogs up water supplies, leaving shells behind that cut people's feet, increasing taxpayer costs and reducing property values. Covetousness leads to harm to neighbor's body and property.
2) I was once at a Christmas in April workday and saw a sad sight: a row of houses where one had an unusually low chimney and furnace in poor repair, and so the smoke on certain days caused the next-door neighbor to have asthma attacks. There's an opportunity here to preserve neighbor's life and property, which could be addressed through charity (this was a neighborhood being visited by a housing charity), moral suasion ("Dude, you're killing me!"), and/or regulation (I'm sure a housing code regulation of chimney height was being violated here).