chapter  13
Political ecology as praxis
ByAlex Loftus
Pages 9

The relationship can, of course, be approached from a different perspective. What if the claim is, instead, that “doing political ecology” requires being attendant to activist practices? If Hecht and Cockburn’s (2010) Fate of the Forest is a work of political ecology, its success lies, in part, in listening to and giving voice to the activist practices of the “defenders of the forest”. It learns from and is fundamentally shaped by the work of one particular activist, Chico Mendes. When done well, of course, this learning relationship can be mutually beneficial, with political ecology beginning to inform activist practices. Indeed the relationship can be, perhaps even should be, symbiotic, mutually reinforcing, and productive for both the subfield and active interventions in the world.