As a Mormon and an environmentalist I believe that ensuring healthy air, water, and ecosystems is our moral and religious duty. My own Mormon environmentalism is based on three important principles found in the scriptures.
First, all of creation is imbued with a soul, and thus has value. We are taught that all things, both animate and inanimate, were created “spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth” (Moses 3:5), therefore they all have a “living soul” (Moses 3:9), and the “worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 18:10). We are even taught that our mother earth herself has a soul and is conscious of our “filthiness” (Moses 7:48).