In light of accelerating Climate change these trees might soon disappear. I find it absolutely fascinating that they date back to a time when there was not even a Roman Empire.
Now a logging company would see no value in a tree that is 2600 years old. As far as the “economy” is concerned chopping these trees down and selling the wood as lumber creates “Jobs and GDP Growth”.
“Look at your chair, Father,” Goldie said unhappily. Sure enough, it was gold. And his napkin turned to gold with his touch. “We are the luckiest people in all the world,” he said, reaching for a piece of bread. But to his horror, the bread had turned to gold.
“Oh no!” he cried. This was terrible indeed! He could not eat anything, for everything he touched turned to gold. Staring down at his golden plate, he wondered what to do.
“Oh Father, you will starve!” Goldie exclaimed. She ran to his side to comfort him.
“No! No!” he cried, but before he could stop her, she had thrown her arms around him, and now his precious daughter was hard and cold, a golden statue, no longer a child.
From the Fable of King Midas.
When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.
A proverb attributed to the Cree.