Midrash Rabba, an early collection of Jewish legends and teaching, in the commentary on Ecclesiastes makes this as clear as could be: “Before creating this world, God made world after world and discarded them saying: This does not please Me. At last God created this one and said: This one is good. God then made Adam and showed him all the world. God said: Look at this beautiful world! Take good care of it... if you ruin this one, there will be none to follow it.”
Furthermore, our tradition is clear that even the most important of tasks should be done with care for the natural world: “If you should happen to be holding a sapling in your hand when they tell you the Messiah has arrived, first plant the sapling and then go out to greet the Messiah.” (Avot D’Rabbi Natan).