Deep Green Earth

Edited by Joe Gray

May we speak in all human councils on behalf of the animals and plants and landscapes of Earth. 
John Seed


Recent highlights

'Fostering a love of the living world' – a chapter that I co-wrote with Reed Noss in a new anthology presenting ecological visions [DOWNLOAD PDF]

'Food sharing and land sparing' – a chapter from my debut book, Thirteen Paces by Four: Backyard Biophilia and the Emerging Earth Ethic [DOWNLOAD PDF]

'Making hay: A conditional defence on ecocentric grounds of various co-created habitats' – a paper that I authored in The Ecological Citizen [ACCESS ARTICLE]

My debut novel (as Dewey Dabbar)

The Gardens of Greenspring Road

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100% of the author's royalties from this book are being donated to the World Land Trust


Thornlea is a normal English town, where retail parks are valued more than ancient woodland, politicians generate hot gusts as efficiently as air-source heat pumps, and scant consideration is given to the needs of local wildlife. Mina Thakli, in contrast, is not a typical fifteen-year-old girl. The daughter of second-generation immigrants hailing from the great river delta of the Ganges, Mina has a growing concern for the wild residents of her town. After drinking some mulled cider made from local apples during a wassailing event, Mina's sense of duty to the non-human world around her really begins to intensify, and she soon finds herself committing to a clandestine nocturnal project to fight back against the anti-wildlife trends of modern human society. Meanwhile, as she is busy falling in love with nature's vulnerable beauty, an enigmatic new student at Mina's school is also taking hold of her heart. With tough life lessons to be learned along the way, will Mina's indefatigable spirit see her ultimately triumph? At once satirical, cheeky, playful, and adventurous, this is a story about the possibility of individual action and the joy of learning about the true place of humans in nature, as just another species.

Praise for Dewey Dabbar's previous fiction

"It is very rare – I cannot recall a previous occasion – when reading fiction made me laugh out loud… The Raucous Sky is a lot of fun while communicating the author's depth of understanding about the peril facing the more-than-human world. I just loved it."
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"The Utah Bureau of Improvement is as badly needed as it is deliciously irreverent. Earthy earth-care performed with tricksterish antics and a crack-toothed coyote grin – Dabbar is a 21st century Edward Abbey in the making."
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"Like The Utah Bureau of Improvement, Not in Our Nature is blessedly, unapologetically irreverent eco-fiction."
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My debut non-fiction book

Thirteen Paces by Four: Backyard Biophilia and the Emerging Earth Ethic

Paces by Four:

Backyard Biophilia and the Emerging Earth Ethic


100% of the author's royalties from this book are being donated to the World Land Trust

"With Thirteen Paces by Four, Joe Gray has written a new classic of ecological literature. In its own unassuming way, it stands alongside the work of Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey, John Muir, Annie Dillard and others in the same class—but especially, perhaps, that of Henry David Thoreau."
Patrick Curry, author of Enchantment: Wonder in Modern Life

"A lyrical mix of backyard naturalism, Do-It-Yourself rewilding, eco-philosophical exegeses, and reflections on 'the storm of now', Joe Gray's work is a grounded meditation on how we can meet the present-day Earth calamity. May humanity awaken to the love and awe that unassumingly flow from every page."
Eileen Crist, author of Abundant Earth: Toward an Ecological Civilization

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The deep green worldview

The deep green worldview sees hawthorns, hedges, humus – and all the other living and non-living forms that make up the more-than-human world – as being valuable and meaningful in their own right, not just as a result of any benefits that humans might derive from their existence. In this worldview, when an ancient hedge is destroyed, for instance, it is ethically wrong not simply because it deprives humans of anything they might have gained – materially, aesthetically, or spiritually – from its continuing existence. It has also caused an immeasurably greater wrong to the living system that is the hedge, as well as to the populations of species that used it as part of their life cycle.

This ethical extension from considering only 'instrumental' (human-benefiting) value to also recognizing 'intrinsic' (independent) value is neither trivial nor merely academic. Rather, its far-reaching practical implications represent an unparalleled opportunity: an opportunity to save much of the radiation of life with which we share the ecosphere from the cresting wave of extinction. Nothing else, I believe, gives this same hope.



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A great green bush-cricket, France


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