Once famous for the beauty of its beaches, reefs, and forests, today the Philippines typifies the deep economic and social problems that ecological decline can bring. The Green Tiger gives an intimate, unflinching, but optimistic view of a country struggling to integrate conservation with development.
"With vivid, first-hand reporting, Barbara Goldoftas tells the story of environmental destruction in the Philippines, the greed and corruption behind such devastation, and the social, economic, and human costs. There are profound lessons for all nations, rich and poor."--Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams
"Whole sections of the world exist off the radar screens of the West. Thank heavens for serious writers like Barbara Goldoftas, who in this book vastly expands our knowledge of what is really going on across the archipelago of the Philippines. A very timely and useful chronicle indeed."--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
"Barbara Goldoftas guides readers through a surreally beautiful landscape populated by forest-defending priests and their assassins, land barons, rebel armies, loggers, eco-tourists, farmers, fishers, and public servants. The Green Tiger provides a blueprint for hope and transformation."--Sandra Steingraber, author of Living Downstream