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

a new book from Alastair McIntosh, August 2020





Forgive this hastily cobbled together page, but it gives my basic book information. With both getting the book out and family matters with an elderly parent, I've simply not had time to make a good job of this page, but it's shall we say, functional amateur.

However, Birlinn have made a beautiful job of this book, and they've managed to do it for 9.99, 243 pages.


Key Links

Order it from them directly on Birlinn's web page (post free UK, overseas will be calculated and shown), or from local booksellers, or the usual online outlets. Alternatively, Australia/NZ from Oct, Canada from 1 Sept, USA from 20 Oct.

A beautiful 5 min video of the book, featuring the Isle of Lewis and people from West Papua Province (New Guinea), made by Opus Earth:

Zoom video of the online launch (discussion after the first hour is especially rich):

A one hour podcast of audio from the launch edited by Kat Jones of Climate Fringe - the clearing house for COP26 related events.

Reading group by Zoom with The Centre for Human Ecology, 7pm each Thursday in September and I'll join the last one:



On RealClimate, the foremost climate change science website, as a guest piece courtesy of Michael Mann: Denial and Alarmism in the Near-Term Extinction and Collapse Debate.

On Community Land Scotland, the networking body for community land trusts: What might be Scotland's distinctive contribution to COP26?


First Reviews: (links go direct to reviews)

Reader reviews on Goodreads and Amazon UK (with 'look inside').

Interview in The Sunday Post

Kat Jones of Climate Fringe, a COP26 project of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland - "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."

Alan Massie in The Scotsman - "[Climate change denial] is scarcely tenable now. McIntosh presents that evidence clearly and cogently in this book ... a very good book because it is balanced and positive ... free from the hysterical emotions commonly evident on both sides of the climate change debate."

Rev David Coleman of Ecocongregations - "Two hundred pages bursting with quotable and meme-able sayings to reflect on ... and it's seriously up to date ... great preparation for COP26 in Glasgow next year."

Jeremy Williams of Joy is Enough - "McIntosh explores consumerism as a hollow substitute for connection to place and each other ... 'cycles of grace' is a beautiful phrase ... with an appeal to compassionate communities of belonging."



Face-to-face launch events that had been arranged have been cancelled due to COVID-19. However, some have or will be run on Zoom, and can be viewed on my web itinerary in the right hand column at this link complete with videos where available. Watch out in particular for the National Library of Scotland event, 5 pm Tue 22 Sept, for which you need to register here.

The main Birlinn launch event was in partnership with Climate Fringe and the Centre for Human Ecology. Hosted by Professor Alison Phipps (UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration at Glasgow University). The first hour hour was formal book launch with 160 participants, and then for the next 90 mins nearly half stayed on for what turned out to be a particularly deep participant interaction. That can be watched in full here, and Climate Fringe are also making an audio-only podcast edit, available soon.


Media Inquiries

See the Press Information, bottom right below.

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