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Riders on the Storm

The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being

Alastair McIntosh



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Birlinn Ltd
01 November 2020
Significant climate change means that massive social change is essential if much of the earth can remain habitable. What needs to happen will challenge our politics, our economics and our technical capacity. But above all these, it will be a challenge to our humanity. In this succinct and passionate new book, Alastair McIntosh examines both the science and the drivers in the human psyche that have allowed unfettered consumerism to threaten the planet. He argues for a radical shift in our consciousness at this stage in our evolution in order to build the capacity for resilience and regeneration that can make us riders on the storm.
By:   Alastair McIntosh
Imprint:   Birlinn Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   226g
ISBN:   9781780276397
ISBN 10:   1780276397
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alastair McIntosh is an independent writer, broadcaster, speaker and activist who is involved in a wide range of contemporary issues, from land reform, globalization and nonviolence to psychology, spirituality and ecology.

Reviews for Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being

'Seriously up to date ...always independent-minded ... McIntosh pulls of the scandalous trick of combining the insights of science, academia, poetry and eclectic spirituality ... conveys a heartfelt urgency for doing whatever you can' * Reform Magazine * 'It's a good moment to pause and consider the power and politics of climate change. Alastair McIntosh's book does just that. As you would expect, it's beautifully written and provides the essential introduction to the historical and scientific background, grounded in a deep understanding of climate change in place, in the context of the author's home place of the Western Isles' * Green World * 'This is a comforting book, and a wise one: all the more welcome for its calm insistence on asserting the validity of such qualities in a world where apocalyptic scenes seem pervasive and 'tipping points' are often presented as resting on a hair trigger' * Bella Caledonia * 'McIntosh sees climate change as a threat which can be met. It presents us with risk and also with opportunity. This is a very good book because it is balanced and positive. There is no despair here' * Scotsman * 'Offers a steady, gentle voices, counterbalancing the ones which shout denial and alarm in street protests or down our timelines...McIntosh moves into his stride as a liberation theologian, peace-maker, community activist and poet' * Sunday National * 'McIntosh is no ideologue, he ... manages to hold in balance an exploration of the profound depths of philosophy and spirituality, with well-argued support for consensus science' -- Kat Jones of COP26 Climate Fringe 'This should be the end of any Scottish complacency ... Alastair conveys a heartfelt case for doing whatever you can, without succumbing to burnout and toxic indispensability' -- David Coleman * Eco-Congregation Scotland * 'the book has made me think quite deeply about these critically important issues. What more could one want?' * * 'It's imaginative, profound, and a reminder that the British Isles still have their own stock of indigenous wisdom to draw on ... written with wit and self-awareness' * Earthbound Report *

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