I feel strongly that members of the human race are co-creators of the Earth with God. That we will be held accountable for the impact we have on this planet. The creation was not a static event, but very much a dynamic event. The earth is evolving even as I write.
Mormon leader Lorenzo Snow famously stated that “as man now is, God once was, as God now is, man may become.” Joseph Smith taught about eternal progression in his famous King Follett Discourse. In this funeral address, he states: “[God] once was a man like one of us and . . . God Himself, the Father of us all, once dwelled on an earth the same as Jesus Christ did.” Not only was God once a man, but human beings can progress to become Gods. And not only did God progress, prophets have stated that God still progresses. According to Brigham Young: “. . . the God I serve is progressing eternally, and so are his faithful.”
This position was embraced and enhanced by such Mormon scholars as B.H. Roberts and John A. Widtsoe. Some recent scolars have noted that the doctrine of eternal progression has become more controversial in recent years. However, whether or not the doctrine is in ascendency or decline at the moment, Mormonism at its heart holds the seeds for radical environmentalism and transhumanism.
According to LDS doctrine, at least through the 1960s, we were not just stewards of the Earth . . . but co-creators with God. Brigham Young taught that the role God give human beings is designed to test them, enabling them to show themselves, to their fellow beings, and to God just how they would act if entrusted with God’s power (Nibley, 1978, p. 90). To rephrase it, we are here to work in conjunction with God on the continuing creation of the living Earth. The creation is ongoing.