Ian is active in the promotion of ecocentric thought and actions. His path to ecocentrism has been strongly informed by two major influences, one experiential and the other philosophical. The first is a lifelong passion for all the wild and he has had a long time interest in wild flowers. Recently he has branched out to study birds, moths, butterflies, turtles and bumblebees. Over time these interests led to knowledge about ecosystems. The other major influence was the discovery of deep ecology in the 1980s and many subsequent conversations, especially with David Orton and Ted Mosquin. The two together, nature and deep ecology, along with much reading, talk and thought, led him to ecocentric thinking.