chapter  2
Environmental Movements in Taiwan
ByHsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
Pages 24

Outside Taiwan, books and journal articles assessing the “Taiwan miracle” now begin to address its environmental costs, but most attention is still paid to the magnitude of environmental pollution and nature depletion problems faced by the island; very few concern public attempts to cope with the pressing social problems affecting their lives. Any serious study on a society’s environmental movement requires long-term observation, and an in-depth understanding of the complexity of the data on different events organized by various environmental groups. Therefore, the best studies to date have been produced by researchers who are local scholars with direct contacts with environmental groups and are sympathetic to the grassroots movements.