Q&A Discussion with Alastair McIntosh

November 15, 2020
05:15 pm - 06:30 pm


November 15


05:15 pm - 06:30 pm

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On Sunday, 15 November we are excited to welcome Alastair McIntosh (speaker, writer and activist) for a special Q&A session after our main gathering on Zoom at 5:15. (You can join the Zoom via the link in this event, but you will need to be logged into Zoom for security reasons.)

PLEASE NOTE: The Q&A will be recorded so please keep your camera switched off if you would prefer not to appear in the video.

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Meeting ID: 881 7742 4702
Passcode: 573171

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.
If you would like to, you can read Alistair’s book ahead of the our discussion, or you can watch this short video:
ALASTAIR MCINTOSH (Scotland) has been described by BBC TV as “one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners.” A pioneer of modern land reform in Scotland, he helped bring the Isle of Eigg into community ownership. On the Isle of Harris he negotiated withdrawal of the world’s biggest cement company (Lafarge) from a devastating “superquarry” plan, then agreed to serve (unpaid) on that company’s Sustainability Stakeholders Panel for 10 years. Alastair guest lectures at military staff colleges, most notably the UK Defence Academy, on nonviolence. His books include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (Aurum), Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition (Birlinn), Rekindling Community (Green Books), Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service (Green Books), Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (Birlinn 2016, Cascade (USA) 2018). His most recent work is Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis & the Survival of Being. He is a fellow of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and a visiting professor at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. His website is and Twitter @alastairmci.
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