Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines

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University of California Press, Mar 16, 1993 - Nature - 240 pages
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This gripping portrait of environmental politics chronicles the devastating destruction of the Philippine countryside and reveals how ordinary men and women are fighting back. Traveling through a land of lush rainforests, the authors have recorded the experiences of the people whose livelihoods are disappearing along with their country's natural resources. The result is an inspiring, informative account of how peasants, fishers, and other laborers have united to halt the plunder and to improve their lives.These people do not debate global warming they know that their very lives depend on the land and oceans, so they block logging trucks, protest open-pit mining, and replant trees. In a country where nearly two-thirds of the children are impoverished, the reclaiming of natural resources is offering young people hope for a future. "Plundering Paradise" is essential reading for anyone interested in development, the global environment, and political life in the Third World."

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An excellent work with real world insight and solutions for 21st century political, economic, social, and environmental problems that have existed, continue to exist, and will come. I first read this ... Read full review

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Generation Lost
Natures Revenge
The Last Rainforests
The First Environmentalists
Life Along the Death March
The Wall
Hearts and Minds
The Bastards of Bataan
From Plunder to Sustainability

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About the author (1993)

Robin Broad is Assistant Professor of International Development at American University and the author of Unequal Alliance: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Philippines (California, 1988). John Cavanagh is Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author, with Richard J. Barnet, of Global Dreams: Imperial Corporations and the New World Order (1994).

John Cavanagh directs the Institute for Policy Studies. This husband and wife team traveled from Geneva to the rural Philippines to Washington D.C., to write this book as well as their award-winning "Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines.

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