Friday, May 13, 2011

For the Earth: David Orton (1934-2011)

 David’s death occurred on the morning of Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at his home in Watervale, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. 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.

His body of work can be found on the Green Web site and on his Deep Green Web Blog.

A green burial will take place.


Postscript (June 4th, 2011)


One of David’s friends, Mark Brennan, made a recording of the morning sounds at our place. I think it is a moving tribute to David and to our place, which David called a paradise. See “For the Earth, Morning Chorus at David's” at:

There is an article on David “Noted environmental activist, David Orton, dies at 77: Orton espoused deep ecology and left biocentrism” at

See also the tribute to David on the Friends of Redtail site at

David’s green burial was on our land, on a hill in the woods, in a spot David loved. A friend took some photos at the burial, which show the lovely spot the gravesite is at. See

See the Wikipedia entry on David at

The obituary is now posted on the blog at and on our web site at

An account of the burial ceremony "A deep green burial" is posted at

Helga and Karen 


  1. So very sorry to hear of Davids passing. His voice and determination will be dearly missed. My sincerest condolences to Helga, and all of his family and friends. He was an inspiration to many, and his written work will remain as a testament to his gifted life and love "For the Earth". May he now rest easy, and be at peace. Thank you David.

  2. My thoughts are with his family.

  3. Thank you for all you have done.

  4. Hello there! I could have sworn I've been to this site before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it's new
    to me. Nonetheless, I'm definitely glad I found it and I'll
    be bookmarking and checking back frequently!
    Also see my webpage > community