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Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition

Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition

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By (author) Alastair McIntosh

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  • Publisher: BIRLINN LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 24mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1841586226
  • ISBN 13: 9781841586229
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 142,190

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Climate 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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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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Praise for Soil and Soul by Alistair McIntosh:'a terrific book' - Brian Logan, The Guardian'the book of the decade' - Robin Harper MSP'This is a world-changing book ... one day it'll be recognised as a classic' - Sunday Express'It is a beautifully written analysis' - Scotland on Sunday'A book of passion and wit ... weaving a dizzying range of ideas into a bright fabric ... It is a book every Scot should read' - John Burnside, The Scotsman