Sunday, 17 of December of 2017

Repost of One of Our Earliest Posts: David Orton – A Life as a Poem





I have written an account of David’s burial for those who could not attend, with input from a few close participants. In death, as in life, David wanted to show an alternative way. It was David’s last action “For the Earth”. You can read “A deep green burial” at:

Helga Hoffmann-Orton


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. 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.
A green burial will take place at a later date.

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