Cree Indian Proverb: Cannot Eat Money

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Cree Indian Proverb saying We disrespect our natural environment at great cost to all with risk of extinction. The Cree Indian Proverb says:

When last tree has died, last river poisoned, last fish caught, realize we can't eat money Quote

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money” — Cree Indian Proverb


Also attributed to Alanis Obomsawin


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In this proverb, Cree Indians were warning about overexploiting natural resources and the environment solely for economic gain. The proverb suggests that if the destruction of nature continues until “the last tree”, “the last river” and “the last fish” have all been eliminated or made unusable by pollution, it will be too late because at that point money will have no value since nature provides humanity’s basic necessities like food, water and shelter that are more important than currency.

The proverb advocates living sustainably and not sacrificing the natural world just to accumulate wealth, as an intact environment is ultimately more crucial to human survival than money. It cautions against an overly commercial attitude that sees only dollar values in nature rather than nature’s intrinsic worth and humanity’s dependence on ecological balance.

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