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                             Part II:  Bulletins from #50 on

    #50. "Social Environmentalism and Native Relations" June 1996. The main
    focus of this Bulletin is on critiquing social environmentalism in relation to native
    issues from a left-biocentric perspective. Much of this Bulletin, but with some
    additional material, was published under the title,"Deep Left Dilemmas", in the
    July-August 1996 issue of Canadian Dimension, Vol.30, No.4.

    #51. "Deep Left Dilemmas" See above. There has been discussion in various
    publications and subsequent issues of Canadian Dimension of this article.

    #52. "Deep Ecology Lessons" July 1996. This Bulletin discusses some problems
    in the application of the theoretical perspective of left biocentrism. There have been
    exchanges with several deep ecology thinkers concerning this article.

    #53. "Fig Leaves And Wood Supply: A Critique Of 'A New Forest Strategy
    For Nova Scotia'" October 1996. Also provides a discussion of alternatives.

    Natural gas and related issues: #54-62 and #65. The Bulletins deal with various
    aspects of the offshore Sable natural gas project and onshore gas and gas-liquids

    #54. "Notes For A Presentation On The Limitations Of The Sable Island
    Gas Panel" October 1996. Talk by D. Orton at the final offshore scoping meeting
    in Halifax, on behalf of the North Shore Anti-Pipeline Group. Printed in the
    Northern Forest Forum, with some additional material, under the title "The Case
    Against the Sable Island Natural Gas Proposal", Winter Solstice 1996, Vol.5,
    No 2. This first presentation gives a general overview and critique of the Sable gas

    #55. "Pipeline & Sable Gas Fictions: Scoping Presentation" December 1996.
    Presentation to the Stellarton onshore scoping meeting by D. Orton. An article
    drawing from material in this Bulletin and other sources, was published in the
    Earth First! Journal, February 2/97 under the title, "Disastrous Sable Island
    Gas Project".

    #56. "Sustainable Development Or Deep Ecology? - Scoping Talk"
    December 1996. Presentation to the Tatamagouche onshore scoping meeting for
    the Green Web by D. Orton, of a fundamental philosophical clash of world views
    regarding the Sable natural gas project.

    #57. "Pipeline Dangers, Global Warming and Human Health" December
    1996. This is a two-part Bulletin by Helga Hoffmann based on presentations at
    two onshore scoping meetings, to the Sable Gas Joint Public Review Panel.

    #58. "Sable Gas: Time To Wake Up" A short introductory article by D.
    Orton written for an urban audience, published in the Bluenose Tribune,
    Jan.10 - Feb.28/97, Vol.2, Issue 1. Also reprinted in the B.C. publication
    The Watershed Sentinel, under the same title, Feb./Mar. 1997, Vol.7, No.1;
    and in the British journal Real World: The Voice of Ecopolitics, under the
    title "A Brush with Sable", Winter 1996/7, 2, No.18.

    #59. "The Sable Gas Project: Stress Corrosion Cracking And Other
    Pipeline Worries" by D. Orton, March 1997. This is a critique of the
    National Energy Board 1996 report of the public inquiry into Stress Corrosion
    Cracking on Canadian Oil and Gas Pipelines. It also summarizes basic
    information concerning the safety aspects of gas and oil lines. Most of this
    Bulletin was published under the same title in the Northern Forest Forum,
    Mud Season 1997, Vol.5, No.4.

    #60. "Sable Gas and Radical Environmentalism in Post-Industrial
    Society" by D. Orton, April 1997. This is in part based on a talk given to
    third year sociology students in a course " Approaches to Post-Industrial
    Society", at Dalhousie University in March of 1997. It deals with various
    dimensions of radical environmentalism in the context of struggling against
    the Sable gas project.

    #61. "Gas Pipeline Issues" by D. Orton, August 1997. This is a talk given
    in June to grade 10 students at West Pictou High School. It also contains
    additional material concerning the TransMaritime Pipeline Project, the subsea
    pipeline proposal, and a press release issued by the Nova Scotia Anti-Pipeline
    Group commenting on the conclusion of the "formal hearings" conducted by
    the Joint Public Review Panel for the Sable gas project. Much of this Bulletin
    was published under the same title in the Summer 1997 issue of Eco-News,
    the newsletter of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island.

    #62. "Environmental Hearings and Existential Dilemmas: The Sable
    Gas Project" by D. Orton, December 30, 1997. This Bulletin argues the
    case, using the context of the Sable gas project, for not participating in formal
    environmental assessment hearings. Published in the Manitoba quarterly
    Links Magazine, Vol. X, No. 3, Spring 1998, under the title "Hearings not
    for listening: The Sable gas project experience".

    #63. "My Path to Left Biocentrism: Part I - The Theory" by D. Orton,
    April 1998. This Bulletin (about 4,000 words) is a theoretical introduction to
    the left biocentric tendency within the deep ecology movement. Part I includes
    the important thinkers for a left biocentric synthesis, and discusses the
    continuities and discontinuities of left biocentrism with deep ecology. It also
    includes the ten-point "Left Biocentrism Primer." Printed in Feral: A
    Journal Towards Wildness, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 1999. (Bulletins #63,
    #64, #70, #71, #72, #73, #77 and #78 complement each other.) 

    #64. "My Path to Left Biocentrism: Part II - Actual Issues" by D. Orton,
    April 1998. This Bulletin (about 5,000 words) shows the application of left
    biocentrism to actual issues: forests and forestry, aboriginal issues, relationship
    to the Left, green movement and party, protected areas and wildlife, and
    sustainable development. This Bulletin shows, in the context of the listed issues,
    what is distinctive about left biocentrism compared to deep ecology. Printed in
    abbreviated form in Feral: A Journal Towards Wildness, No. 2, Spring 2000.
    (Bulletins #63, #64, #70, #71, #72, #73, #77 and #78 complement each other.)

    #65. "Redtail Wilderness Camp and Pipeline Route Hearings"  August
    1998, 6 pages. Apart from providing some information about the Sable gas
    project and the detailed route hearings, the major part of this bulletin is a talk
    by David Orton in support of the Redtail Nature Awareness Camp , which is
    located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. It describes the work and practical
    application of deep ecology in the camp's activities, contrasting it with the values
    of the gas pipeline company. See also article "Gas Attack off Canada's Sable
    Island," by D. Orton, in Earth First! Journal, Aug./Sept. 1998, Vol. 18, No.
    7. Plus, "Comments at Billy MacDonald's Final Pipeline Hearing" by D. Orton,
    January 8, 1999.

    #66. "Industrial Forestry and a Critique of Natural Resource Management"
    November 1998, 8 pages. This bulletin is based on a lecture on forestry by David
    Orton, to students at Mount Allison University in NB, for a course called
    "Natural Resource Management." It presents a left biocentric deep ecology
    perspective, and uses philosophical and practical examples situated in a Maritimes
    and larger context.

    #67(A&B). "Unfashionable Ideas: A Left Biocentric Critique of the Report
    of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples" by David Orton, April 1999,
    16 pages. The bulletin gives a critical evaluation and assessment of the Royal
    Commission Report. It assesses, from a deep ecology and social justice perspective,
    whether the main proposals for the future shaping of Canadian society contained in
    the Report should be supported or opposed.

    #68. "Ecofascism: What is It? A Left Biocentric Analysis" by David Orton,
    February 2000. An 8-page bulletin concerning an examination of the concept of
    ‘ecofascism’. It analyses the linking of ecofascism with the deep ecology movement
    by some social ecologists and the slandering of Rudolf Bahro, and looks at what
    could be considered the legitimate use of the term ‘ecofascism’ within the radical
    ecology movement.

    #69. "Environmental Problem Solving and Managerial Environmentalism"
    by David Orton, March 2000, 5 pages. This Bulletin is an analysis of environmental
    problem solving and "managerial environmentalism" from a left biocentric perspective.
    It is based on a talk to a university class in Halifax.

    #70. "My Path to Left Biocentrism: Part III - Handling Contradictions"
    by D. Orton, May 2000, 9 pages. This Bulletin discusses contradictions among
    people who support deep ecology and left biocentrism. It also includes issues arising
    from discussions with animal rights supporters, and gives a left biocentric perspective
    on ecofeminism. (Bulletins #63, #64, #70, #71, #72, #73, #77 and #78 complement
    each other.)  Published in the online magazine Spiritroots Communications, Issue
    No. 6, Autumn/Winter 2007.

    #71. "My Path to Left Biocentrism: Part IV - Aboriginal Issues and Left
    Biocentrism" by D. Orton, June 2000, 9 pages. This Bulletin conveys a left
    biocentric perspective on issues concerning Canadian aboriginals. (Bulletins #63,
    #64, #70, #71, #72, #73, #77 and #78 complement each other.)  Published in the
    online magazine Spiritroots Communications, Issue No. 6, Autumn/Winter 2007.

    #72- "My Path to Left Biocentrism: Part V - Deep Ecology and Anarchism"
    by D. Orton, March 2001, 11 pages.  This paper discusses the relationship between
    deep ecology, left biocentrism and anarchism. (Bulletins #63, #64, #70, #71, #72,
    #73, #77 and #78 complement each other.)  An abridged version of this bulletin
    appeared in the Earth First! Journal, August-September 2001, Vol. 21, No. 7,
    under the title “Deep Ecology, Earth First! and Anarchism”.

    #73- "My Path to Left Biocentrism: Part VI - The Impact of September 11th:
    Fundamentalism and Earth Spirituality"  by D. Orton, March 2002, 12 pages. This
    paper discusses  the relationship between religious and economic fundamentalism and
    Earth spirituality. (Bulletins #63, #64, #70, #71, #72, #73 and #77 complement each
    other.) A shortened version was published as an Opinion article in the March 28, 2002
    edition of The Brunswickan under the title "Two fundamentalisms: understood", at

    #74- "Deep Ecology and Animals". Paper given by David Orton at the "Representing Animals"
    conference, held at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, on November 13-14, 2003. It
    outlines the deep ecology approach to animals and contrasts this with an animal liberation
    perspective. The paper covers an outline of deep ecology, seals, aboriginal hunting in parks and
    protected areas, Earth spirituality, and activism.

    #75- "Off-highway Vehicles and Deep Ecology: Cultural Clash and Alienation from the
    Natural World"
 by David Orton, May 2004. An application of deep ecology to the off-highway
    vehicle issue. Revised and printed in Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of
    Motorized Recreation
, 2007, Foundation for Deep Ecology.

    #76-"Nova Scotia Forestry and Anti-Environmentalism" by David Orton, October 2004. A
    critical review essay of the book Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia, by
    L. Anders Sandberg and Peter Clancy. A partial review was published in the January 2004 edition of
    the Environment, Technology and Society Newsletter of the American Sociological Association,

    # 77- "My Path to Left Biocentrism: Part VII - Notions of Self in the Age of Ecology" by
    David Orton, March 2008.  The bulletin explores Self-realization, an important concept for Arne Naess,
    and looks at how the "self" of globalization and the deep ecology-inspired "ecological self" have come to
    be defined in today's society. (Bulletins #63, #64, #70, #71, #72, #73, #77 and #78 complement each

    # 78- "My Path to Left Biocentrism: Part VIII - The Left in Left Biocentrism" by David Orton,
    September 2008.  The history of the evolution of the left biocentrism theoretical tendency within deep
    ecology. (Bulletins #63, #64, #70, #71, #72, #73, #77 and #78 complement each other.)

    #79- John Livingston - An Appreciation by David Orton, with contributions from Billy MacDonald
    and Ian White. January 2010. This paper discusses the work of John Livingston and his contribution to
    deep ecology.

    #80- Wind Farms’: Some Deep Ecology Considerations - by David Orton, with contributions from
    Billy MacDonald of Redtail Nature Awareness and Helga Hoffmann-Orton, July 2010.

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