Mormon environmentalists got a boost on Nov. 6, when the LDS Church launched a web page on its newsroom site, laying out the church's views on "stewardship and conservation."
The approach may not be new, but the place of publication and emphasis is.
For the first time, an official site gathers in one place LDS pronouncements and teachings about care for the natural world. It carries an authoritative tone.
"The Earth and all things on it should be used responsibly to sustain the human family. However, all are stewards — not owners — over this Earth and its bounty and will be accountable before God for what they do with his creations," the main essay says. "Approaches to the environment must be prudent, realistic, balanced and consistent with the needs of the Earth and of current and future generations, rather than pursuing the immediate vindication of personal desires or avowed rights. The Earth and all life upon it are much more than items to be consumed or conserved. God intends his creations to be aesthetically pleasing to enliven the mind and spirit, and some portions are to be preserved."