I subscribe to the Biblical version which places the environment under the dominion of man. Changes to the earth show man's use of resources provided by God.
The humanist version, the one exposed by environmentalists, views the earth as a pristine entity that is continually violated by the activities man. Changes are scars that defile the earth.
Is man ruining the planet? Well, I couldn't imagine living in an environment similar to Ohio and Michigan of two hundred years ago. From Oberlin College Online:
Wolves and rattlesnakes were a constant threat, but the fever, commonly referred to as malaria, ague, or bilious or autumnal fever, was feared most. One pioneer confessed "a wholesome fear of two things: fever and ague and rattlesnakes" (3). Because the fever was often contracted around the wetlands, settlers thought it was caused by inhaling the "bad air," "miasma," or "malaria" that they associated with the rotting vegetation of swamps.
However, the fever was often debilitating and accommodating the shakes wasn’t always an option. Malaria disabled entire families as described in this account of Michigan frontier life: "The malarial gases set free, that country became very sickly…crops went back into the ground, animals suffered for food, and if the people had not been too sick to need much to eat, they too must have gone hungry. The pale, sallow, bloated faces of that period were the rule; there were no healthy faces except of persons just arrived"
Personally, I'm much too soft for such a life.
Man has ruined the environment of Ohio and Michigan? Hardly.
Before you accept the environmentalist tale that our current structure of society and levels of consumption are wrecking the environment, consider the above passage and think how wonderful life would be watching our children and loved ones suffer and die as the result of untamed nature. It's not a pretty sight.
God gave man dominion over the earth. Thank goodness. Without dominion, life would be a daily struggle; a struggle that the earth would assuredly win.