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Some Environmentalists claim that our irresponsibility may/will result in, eventually, the destruction of life as we know it, due to global flooding and superstorms, or any other number of doomsday scenario theories.

Does Judaism have anything to say about this?

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If the Kadosh Baruch Hu is not actively involved in the maintenance of olam hazeh (see introduction to the interlinear Artscroll Megillat Ester) then who's to say we can't? –  Noach mi Frankfurt Aug 31 at 3:33
@NoachmiFrankfurt I don't have artscroll megillas esther, so do you mind shedding some light as to what it says? I know the Ba'al Shem Tov said clearly that there is Hashgacha Pratis, that everything in this world, even a leaf moving in the wind, is by Divine Providence. I know there were some others before him who said otherwise, but one of the Chabad Rebbeim, said that before the Besh"t clarified this, they were allowed to believe otherwise, but after he taught about hashgacha pratis, it's against the Torah to believe otherwise. I'll try and find the source. –  user613 Sep 1 at 8:31

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I heard once in a recording of R' Moshe Wolfson that when the verse in Tehillim (93:1) says אף תכון תבל בל תמוט - [Hashem] set up the world that it not tilt - that this implies that the world cannot be destroyed by our actions. To me, this makes a lot of sense, as if we believe that Hashem made the world with a Divine purpose and mission, would He allow that to be subverted by something as inconsequential as people not recycling enough? The world won't be destroyed or become uninhabitable through our actions.

On the other hand, micro impacts could very well happen, and the world could become a less pleasant place to live, whether it be some minor degree of global warming or whatever the case may be that would cause small scale disasters. This has indeed happened in places where there were nuclear meltdowns or smog, for example. Therefore, it does not seem necessary for our survival to take care of our environment, but it could very well be that it is in our own best interests to maintain a pleasant environment.

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I understand when someone asks a question, does some research and answers it themselves. But why post the question when you already have the answer typed up? Simply because this is a question answer forum as opposed to a post your chidush forum? –  user6591 Aug 31 at 3:34
@user6591 first of all, see here. Second, I asked to see what others would say, even though I had my own answer. –  YeZ Aug 31 at 3:38
It's even an option given when you ask the question - there is a little box to check that says "answer your own question" and then it will post the question and answer simultaneously. It's quite by-design. –  YeZ Aug 31 at 3:40
Ok. Sorry. My misunderstanding of the function of the site. I can remove my comment if its offensive to you, or leave it lihislameid lidoros. –  user6591 Aug 31 at 3:44
@user6591 no offense taken. Up to you. –  YeZ Aug 31 at 3:45

The fact that the world will be destroyed in the year six thousand was a fundamental believe upon which the Rashba attacked the Moreh Nivuchim for not believing in, and used it as a main point to ban the learning of it. Having said that, according to the Rashba and his acceptance of this aggaddata, there is no reason to assume humanity itself won't be involved.

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The Rambam (author of moreh nevuchim) says in pirush hamishnayos in the mishna "kol yisroel yesh lohem chelek l'olam haba..." That after moshiach, the world will cease and it will all be spiritual. See derech mitzvosecha, tzitzis, where it quotes also the ramban who argues, and says kabalah follows the ramban, and he implies the world will last forever –  user613 Sep 1 at 8:40
That is incorrect. He emphatically states many times that the world will not change in times of moshiach. Perhaps you are are reffering to his his his description of the spiritual world, but that is not this world post-Moshiach. He even quotes Chazzal 'there is no difference between this world and the time of Moshiach except subservience to the rulers'. But that is a concept of Moshiach. The argument I was mentioning is if the world will survive past year 6000 or not. What chazzal call the days of Moshiach are the two thousand up untill the six thousandth. See Avoda zara 9a. –  user6591 Sep 2 at 2:17

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