Plundering Paradise : The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines
This portrait of environmental politics chronicles the devastating destruction of the Philippine countryside and reveals how ordinary men and women are fighting back. Travelling 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 account of how peasants, fishermen and other labourers 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.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 472g
- 15 Apr 1993
- University of California Press
- Berkerley, United States
Table of contents
Foreword, by Barbara Ehrenreich Acknowledgments Generation Lost Nature's 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
About Robin Broad
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).