I’ve just finished reading Alistair McIntosh’s new book Riders On the Storm; the climate crisis and the survival of being. I should admit that I got somewhat distracted after reading the first few chapters, so it took me a while to finish the whole book. However, I did find it a very interesting and enjoyed reading it.
I should probably admit a slight bias. It turns out that Alistair grew up in the same village on the Isle of Lewis where some of my family came from, and went to the same high school as my mother (although, somewhat later than my mother). The book uses examples of life in these rural communities to discuss how communities might respond to crises like climate change. The book also mentions the Iolaire tragedy, which I mentioned in this post.
What I did find particularly good, and which I suspect many regulars here will appreciate, is that it did an impressive job of discussing the scientific evidence, stressing that the best evidence is that presented by the IPCC. The book is also critical of both climate denial and doomism, suggesting that Climate change denial is a waste of time. But climate change alarmism is a theft of time. However, it managed to criticise climate alarmism in a way that didn’t undermine the seriousness of climate change, which – in my view – is often an issue with many such criticisms.
I also thought that the book presented what might be a somewhat non-mainstream perspective, but did so in a way that kept the discussion grounded in the realities of the problems that we face. It was neither overly optimistic, nor unduly pessimistic. In some sense it maybe didn’t provide any concrete solutions, but it did provide some thoughtful perspectives about the importance of communities and what can be achieved if people work together for the common good.
I’m probably not doing justice to the book in this brief post, but if you do want a better flavour of the book, you can read Alistair’s Realclimate guest post. I certainly thought it was a book that many of the regulars here would appreciate, so I certainly recommend reading it if you get a chance.
Rider on the Storm – Link to Alistair’s book.
Kenneth Smith – post about Kenneth Smith who died in the Iolaire tragedy.
Denial and Alarmism in the Near-Term Extinction and Collapse Debate – Alistair’s Realclimate Guest post.