Melissa Gibson


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Name: Melissa Gibson
Organization: TIGRA Philippines
Title: Director
As a Filipino-Canadian-American living and working with TIGRA in the Philippines since Aug 2011, tourism emerged for me as a convergence point between the reality of transnationalism and the challenge of development. My work is the culmination of my position as transnational Filipina, a scholar-activist, a traveler, and a co-operator. However, particularly in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, and my participation on the ground in Bantayan, it became clear to me that environmental resilience is linked to sustainable livelihoods, especially for those who are economically tied to the land and sea. I believe ethical decisions about the places we consume are not lifestyle choices but crucial levers of power that ultimately decide what kind of world we live in.

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