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


by Alastair McIntosh

‘A profoundly important book’ – Michael Russell MSP, Minister for the Environment

Paperback: 289 pages

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd., 2008 (new edit. 2011)

Language: English

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Climate change is the greatest challenge that the world has ever faced.

In this groundbreaking book, Alastair McIntosh looks at 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.

Alistair McIntosh is an independent writer, broadcaster, speaker and activist who is involved in a wide range of interconnected issues, from land reform, globalisation and non-violence to psychology, spirituality and ecology. He is the author of the bestselling Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power, described by George Monbiot as a ‘world-changing book’ and Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition, described by the former Archbishop of Canterbury as an ‘inspiration’.


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Dimensions 13 × 2.2 × 19.8 cm

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