#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.
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
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
#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
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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
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. http://www.spiritroots.ca/index.html
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”.
Ecology and Animals". Paper given by David Orton at the "Representing
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.
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.
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"
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
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.)
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