Hell and High Water
Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition
By (author) Alastair McIntosh
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Hell and High Water by Alastair McIntosh
Book DescriptionClimate change is the greatest challenge that the world has ever faced. In this groundbreaking new book, Alastair McIntosh summarises the science of what is happening to the planet - both globally and using Scotland as a local case study. He moves on, controversially, to suggest that politics alone is not enough to tackle the scale and depth of the problem. At root is our addictive consumer mentality. Wants have replaced needs and consumption drives our very identity. In a fascinating journey through early texts that speak to climate change - including the ancient Sumerian Epic of "Gilgamesh", Plato's myth of "Atlantis", and Shakespeare's "Macbeth" - McIntosh reveals the psychohistory of modern consumerism.He shows how we have fallen prey to a numbing culture of violence and the motivational manipulation of marketing. To start to resolve what has become of the human condition we must get more real in facing up to despair and death. Only then will we discover the spiritual meaning of these our troubled times. Only then can magic, new meaning, and all that gives life, start to mend a broken world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841586229
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 20-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alastair McIntosh
Poachers' Pilgrimage, Hardback (June 2016)
An imaginative and beautifully observed travelogue of Lewis and Harris
Spiritual Activism, Paperback (May 2016)
The book begins by defining spirituality for a modern audience of all faiths and beliefs, and goes on to consider the problems and necessities of true leadership. Drawing on a rich history of spirituality and activism it is both guide and inspiration for people involved in activism for social or environmental justice.
Rekindling Community, Paperback (September 2008)
Unless humanity learns how to rekindle community, all other efforts will wither on the vine. This timely new Schumacher Briefing explores three integrated pillars of community: with one another; with the natural environment; and with the spiritual ground of all being.
Love and Revolution, Paperback (September 2006)» View all books by Alastair McIntosh
Addresses political ideals, love, loss, and life in the Western Isles. This book provides insights into modern Scottish life and into being a citizen in One World through moving, modern poetry. From topics as diverse as saving the curlew to land ownership on the Isle of Eigg and the first Gulf War, it offers a perspective on political happenings.
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Author Biography - Alastair McIntosh
Alastair McIntosh is a Scottish writer and campaigner for social justice and environmental sustainability. He holds fellowships at the Centre for Human Ecology, the E. F. Schumacher Society and the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster. In 2005 the University of Strathclyde gave him an honorary post as Scotland's first professor of human ecology. He lectures around the world at institutions including the Russian Academy of Sciences, the World Council of Churches, WWF International and, for the past decade, teaching nonviolence on the Advanced Command & Staff Course at Britain's leading military staff college.
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