Jewish environmentalism is not just about preserving the planet and recycling. It is also essentially about appreciating nature and that God is the Source of all.
There is a beautiful Chassidic story that I think nuances a subtle way in which we neglect to recognize the power and beauty of nature. Please enjoy:
The child of a certain rabbi used to wander in the woods. At first his father let him wander, but over time he became concerned. The woods were dangerous. The father did not know what lurked there.
He decided to discuss the matter with his child. One day he took him aside and said, “You know, I have noticed that each day you walk into the woods. I wonder, why you go there?” The boy said to is father, “ I go there to find God.”
“ That is a very good thing,” the father replied gently. “ I am glad you are searching for God. But, my child, don’t you know that God is the same everywhere?”
“Yes,” the boy answered, “but I’m not.”