Economic valuation of species
Monetary valuation of ecosystems
Commodification of nature
For the indigenous peoples of the world, nature is an extension of society itself, and the creatures that share life with them are manifestations of past and future generations of their own flesh and blood. Nature is not, therefore, a commodity to be bought, sold, patented or preserved apart from society, precisely because nature is what defines humanity. The earth is their mother and cannot be compromised, sold or monopolized.