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.
He then served, unpaid to avoid conflicts of interest, on the company’s Sustainability Stakeholders
Panel for 10 years to help further corporate social and environmental
Alastair guest lectures on nonviolence at military staff colleges including,for over two decades, on some of the UK Defence Academy's most senior
courses. His books include Soil and Soul: People versus
Corporate Power (Aurum), Spiritual
Activism: Leadership as Service (Green Books), Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey
(Birlinn 2016, Cascade USA 2018)
and Riders on the Storm (Birlinn 2020) which was long-listed for the
Wainwright Prize in Global Conservation 2021. A Quaker with an interfaith
outlook, focusing much of his work around spirituality, he lives in Glasgow with his wife, Véréne
Nicolas. There he is a founding trustee of the GalGael Trust which works with with
poverty, community and human potential, and an honorary professor in the
College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow.
His website is
www.AlastairMcIntosh.com and Twitter @alastairmci.
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his public itinerary with a rough idea of availability
here, the suggested
basis on which he speaks or teaches at events
here, and contact