In this profound new book, Alastair McIntosh explores the science, psychology and spirituality of climate change. He summarises the up-to-date science and shows the damage caused both by climate-change denial as well as exaggeration. In outlining the technological and policy options to cut greenhouse gases, he argues that neither will be anywhere near sufficient unless we grasp the 'twin drivers' - namely, world population and excess consumption - in ways that deepen people's dignity and freedom.
This book's enduring importance will lie in the uniqueness of the remedies proposed: our urgent need to reconnect with the earth, to build community, and own inner lives of depth psychology and even spirituality. This transforms climate change into a chance to discover deeper aspects of our humanity. The result is a scintillating guide to what it takes to make us riders on the storm.
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.
'If you are searching for a well-reasoned, thorough and balanced review of the climate crisis, with Scotland at its core but the future of the world at its heart, you will find it here' * Farming Scotland * 'Ecologist Alastair McIntosh's latest work could not be more timely ... Riders on the Storm offers a profusion of ideas, written with insight, honesty and wit' * The Herald * '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?' * ShinyNewBooks.co.uk * '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 *