The first duty of man to the environment and the animals is quite clear on any reading of the Bible:
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15)”.
Similarly, God has sovereign power over His creation and has delegated the authority to mankind to have dominion over the animals (Genesis 1:26,28). David reinforces this truth as he testifies that God has “made [mankind] ruler over the works of your hands” (Psalm 8:6). What is implicit in this account of God-given authority to rule is the responsibility to rule well.
Yet the Christians of the modern world are the ones that are most to blame for the upcoming Global Extinction Event, the destruction of the rainforests and other animal habitats and for man-made Climate Change which is contributing to the loss of so many species. Are these Christians all hypocrites? Are they really Christians? If they cannot follow their first duty, according to their own scriptures, what kind of Christians are they?