Feminist political ecologists
, on the other hand, argue for context-specific investigation of how gender relations affect and are affected by environmental change; even in land-based peasant societies, class and cultural differences between women lead to differences in the way they relate to the environment.
While Forsyth provides ample theoretical tools for the analysis of environmental science and policies, he is less clear on whether or how political ecologists
themselves are implicated in the practical work of democratising science and networks.
A good example of the difference in perspective between political ecologists and dependency theorists concerns the "hamburger thesis.
In recognizing the linkage between international markets and local systems, political ecologists argue that they approach a more sophisticated understanding of deforestation and under-development.
Political ecologists argue that environmental degradation in Latin America can be halted only if significant changes occur in the distribution of economic, social, and political power.
Further, by refusing electoral alliances, political ecologists
alienated constituencies that were favourably disposed to environmental protection.
Dobson contrasts ecologism to environmentalism, dark-Green to light-green, and political ecologists