The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse

The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse

by Daniel Rirdan


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We are faced with an impending calamity that threatens to bankrupt the planetary ecosystem and with it much of the manmade world. In this book, Rirdan submits a plan that truly goes the distance: a highly detailed, planetary-wide blueprint that lays out a new course for our technological and industrial engines. It calls for sweeping adjustments in the way every person thinks and lives. Rirdan takes existing key stressors—from climate change to land degradation to fossil fuel shortages—that are afflicting the planet, and offers solutions that put its survival at the center. The plan is grounded in over five hundred peer-reviewed articles, communication with scores of other top experts, advanced computations, and simulations. Rirdan offers immediately employable designs that lay down new paths for our economy, technology, industry, and politics. The plan includes renewables that in tandem can provide 24/7 power for the entire electrical grid; a radically altered economy, based on regenerative management of existing resources; and the use of rotational, intensive grazing of livestock as part of the effort to rewild nature. Furthermore, the book illustrates why a carbon neutral economy is inadequate at this late stage and introduces a practical plan to capture hundreds of billions of tons of carbon from the air over the span of a few decades. The author writes clearly and comprehensively, carefully exploring the logistics and infrastructure changes required in moving forward. The Blueprint is a call to arms, an argument for remaking the world and reclaiming the future for our children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470135881
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/08/2012
Pages: 494
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Daniel Rirdan is a global strategist who is the founder of The Exploration Company where he has directed product development, pioneering sophisticated interactive world maps.
Raised in Israel and a world traveller, Rirdan is an international lecturer with a special interest in world ecology challenges and solutions. Daniel has a sophisticated, firsthand, and on-the-ground grasp of world challenges. A prodigy who published his first science fiction novel at the age of 15 and a trained teacher, he brings his writing skills, his teaching skills, and his futurist orientation to The Blueprint, the first book to articulate the full measure of the ecological problems we face-and what we can do to solve them.
Daniel Rirdan lives with his wife and two children in Lafayette, Colorado.

What People are Saying About This

Niels Schonbeck

The Blueprint is an epic analysis of the world perched on the cliff of catastrophe. Rirdan's first stab is brilliant, innovative, and radical. Don't dismiss it as utopian. Join the conversation. Prove that homo sapiens is not a failed species. Secure the future.
—Niels Schonbeck (Professor of Chemistry at Metropolitan State University of Denver)

David Suzuki

Books and websites may tout “ten easy ways to save the planet”....The way to avoid the catastrophe that confronts us is not going to be easy or simple, but urgently imperative. For all who care about the future for our children and our species, Rirdan's book must be read so we can follow his recommendations. We have no choice and time is terrifyingly short.
—David Suzuki Ph.D. (award-winning scientist and environmentalist author)

Bill McKibben

This book is filled with interesting ideas—it will get you thinking in new directions!
—Bill McKibben (author of Eaarth, founder of

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bluestorm9 More than 1 year ago
Rirdan's book ought to be required reading for all those who seek a future for their grandchildren and future generations. While some may find his radical approach to political, technological, societal and economic change idealistic and improbable, if we collectively look deeply into our planet in crisis we can find no "compromise" that doesn't come at a cost much too high for the urgency of our times. Our political systems have paid lip service to the necessary changes for planetary conservation, while promoting none other than Big Money and corporations that seek to further plunder and pillage what little resources we have left to support a population that will be pushing 10 billion by the end of this century. Like frogs patiently boiling to death in the pot of water called earth, we sit around pretending that life can go on ad infinitum at the rate we are destroying remaining ecosystems one by one. Or perhaps we are more aware and have no idea what to do apart from recycling, insulating our homes, and buying green products. We know this is no where near enough, but what to do? Here, finally, is a guide to a complete planetary revival: In a broad sweep that has left no dark corner un-investigated, Rirdan presents us with a bold, brutally honest, and unapologetic portrait of what is left of our planet's current land, sea and climate environments. But instead of leaving us horror-struck, shocked and immobilized, he quickly guides us through many chapters of practical solutions that can be immediately implemented. Through "The Blueprint" Rirdan has accomplished a feat previously not attempted: he has taken technologies that currently already exist and applied them on a global scale. Using computations, analysis and many interactions with experts in a variety of fields, he shows meticulously and clearly how these technologies may be applied to save our collapsing ecosystems, including achieving not only a neutral but a negative carbon footprint, the use of solar power towers on a grand scale to provide almost complete power to the North American grid, mass transportation solutions that include electric cars and trains as well as nuclear-powered ships, the rewilding of nature, a simple and compassionate human population control and reduction plan, and much more. Of course, we realize that current political and economic paradigms would never embrace such radical transformation. So Rirdan concludes with a portrayal of a future we might still be able to achieve should we choose at a grassroots level to leave these systems where they belong--in a past that could be designated a disgrace to the human spirit and potential in partnership to the planet--and forge ahead with what needs to be done.