For The Earth – David Orton (1934-2011)

Even though this is  a month old, we just found out about David Orton’s passing.  GJEP’s Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle knew David when they co-founded the Native Forest Network’s Eastern North American Resource Center in 1993.  At one time David was NFN’s contact for eastern Canada.

David Orton, !presente!

 –The GJEP Team

David’s death occurred on the morning of Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at his home in Watervale, Pictou County. David was born in Portsmouth, England on January 6th, 1934. He lived in Canada since 1957. David was an activist and deep green philosopher, who dedicated his life to developing the theory of Left Biocentrism within the Deep Ecology movement. He was uncompromising in his fight for the Earth and set a high standard for others to follow. David believed in living simply, where the richness of human life was defined not in material values, but within a deeper spiritual relationship with the Earth.

An account of the burial, “A deep green burial”, which took place on May 15th, can be read at

 His body of work can be found on the Green Web at

His blog posts are at

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