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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520089211
ISBN-10: 0520089219
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 16-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - 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).

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