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The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse [Kindle Edition]

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.


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“Rirdan’s prescriptive nonfiction debut provides suggestions to ensure the planet’s continued environmental health. The author sets forth his plan for salvation, ambitiously addressing every major threat to the environment: climate change, deforestation, overfishing, wetlands drainage and excess consumption. His scope is broader than most environmentalist writers, including Al Gore in his seminal book on climate change....Rirdan’s thorough, readable treatment of the questions society must confront makes this book an essential addition to any environmentalist’s reading list.”

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“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

“This book is filled with interesting ideas—it will get you thinking in new directions!” —Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth, founder of 350.org

“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

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.

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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 educator, 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, Colorado, USA


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2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a Blueprint 30 Jun. 2012
Format:Hardcover
Much like the Magritte painting entitled This is not a pipe, Blueprint is not a blueprint. It is a polemic, a diatribe, and an unstintingly naive view of society.

It starts off really strongly. Rirdan ends the first two chapters on the abysmal damage to the land and the sea with: "If this has not been a crime, nothing is. If this has not been immoral, nothing is." Powerful.

And he's at his best when he puts things in perspective:

Yet this same insightful, passionate scientist then turns around and says things like: "The thing is this: we cannot pull energy out of our a***s." (p149) This is not your father's blueprint.

His analysis animal life is most cold and callous. His blueprint calls for dogs and cats to simply be dispensed with, along with most horses, which are raised purely for our entertainment. Bats fair no better. Though millions of bats are killed in wind farms, allowing the flying insect population to balloon, he says it's a small price to pay.

Half the book, about 250 pages, is devoted to superficial descriptions of pilot projects all over the world, which he simply assumes can be scaled up to global proportions, though the authors of those studies (and Rirdan is proud to have over 500 citations in his book) don't seem quite as sure. Rirdan simply assumes everyone will give up their lawns and rooftops for crops so we can have forests. He thinks Canada, the US and Mexico will simply give up the plains for roaming cattle and bison. For drinking water, he proposes massive straight line canals across the USA, plus 472 giant reverse osmosis plants up and down the coasts. But his blueprint abruptly cuts out when he has to deal with the pollution from those nearly 500 multi-billion dollar plants: "For this I find no satisfactory solution.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 2 July 2012
Format:Paperback
If you're starved for food for thought, The Blueprint is a royal dish.

As the years go by, environmental problems are only getting worse. We really seem to be in for a major eco-disaster. Rirdan's book provides more details on possible threats and - unusually - follows up with suggested solutions.

As you can probably imagine, solving global environmental dilemmas requires something more than minor attitude adjustment. Rirdan designed a comprehensive plan for a total, dramatic world overhaul. The number of new technologies presented in his design is astonishing. Additionally, each new invention is followed with detailed analysis of its usefulness, cost, raw materials availability etc.

Obviously, a dramatic change of global infrastructure will not be possible without concurrent change of social, political and economical systems. Here again solutions and ideas are provided.

The technological solutions from Rirdan's plan convinced me, but I can't shake off scepticism as to the social aspects of his design. I judged their implementation unlikely or impossible although for the sake of our lovely planet, I wish I was wrong. Time will tell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable, but only part of the picture 19 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is forthrightly honest in describing many aspects of the syndrome we must change. However, it isn't a blueprint: it doesn't identify practical mechanisms for implementing change, & so risks leaving the reader in despair. Nevertheless, I think this is a useful contribution to our quest for a viable future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a blueprint 30 Jun. 2012
By David Wineberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Much like the Magritte painting entitled This is not a pipe, Blueprint is not a blueprint. It is a polemic, a diatribe, and an unstintingly naive view of society.

It starts off really strongly. Rirdan ends the first two chapters on the abysmal damage to the land and the sea with: "If this has not been a crime, nothing is. If this has not been immoral, nothing is." Powerful.

And he's at his best when he puts things in perspective:

Yet this same insightful, passionate scientist then turns around and says things like: "The thing is this: we cannot pull energy out of our a***s." (p149) This is not your father's blueprint.

His analysis animal life is most cold and callous. His blueprint calls for dogs and cats to simply be dispensed with, along with most horses, which are raised purely for our entertainment. Bats fair no better. Though millions of bats are killed in wind farms, allowing the flying insect population to balloon, he says it's a small price to pay.

Half the book, about 250 pages, is devoted to superficial descriptions of pilot projects all over the world, which he simply assumes can be scaled up to global proportions, though the authors of those studies (and Rirdan is proud to have over 500 citations in his book) don't seem quite as sure. Rirdan simply assumes everyone will give up their lawns and rooftops for crops so we can have forests. He thinks Canada, the US and Mexico will simply give up the plains for roaming cattle and bison. For drinking water, he proposes massive straight line canals across the USA, plus 472 giant reverse osmosis plants up and down the coasts. But his blueprint abruptly cuts out when he has to deal with the pollution from those nearly 500 multi-billion dollar plants: "For this I find no satisfactory solution. However, I am confident that it is nothing that a few thousand engineers, chemists, biologists and marine biologists working in tandem cannot handle in a few years of focused research and development." (p273) Some blueprint.

He nails it shut with his structural solutions, which we used to call communism, but with a reality show (his words) twist. He complains about government: "We can't take a c**p without a permit." (p381) But his solution, incredibly, is another new layer of government! This would be a worldwide government that would regulate births, employment, construction and resources. And all the governments of the world would be subservient to it in its domains. Right. And magically, all the political problems of the world disappear: "Under the new setup, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will cease to have any real relevancy." (p400) Poof.

For someone who lives in Colorado, he seems to have missed that 56% of Americans don't even believe that global warming is true, and fewer ever vote. Hell, 25% continue to smoke. Are they ready for an environmental uber government that watches their workplace and home performance?

This is not so much a blueprint as a reminder of a long essay assigned in high school - If I Were King Of The World. He interviews and quotes no one. He sees no need to present opposing views, no need to consider costs, no need to consider society. Rirdan has his utopia all set out, and though it's clearly impossible, it would definitely save the planet, but no one would want to live there. It's back to the drawing board I'm afraid.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Solutions for Averting Environmental Calamity 13 Sept. 2012
By J.W.K - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"We are faced with an impending calamity that threatens to bankrupt the planet," begins Daniel Rirden's The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse. "This is one of those times when doing our best is not enough. We must do what is necessary." Unfortunately, whether we are talking about individuals, corporations, environmental organizations or political bodies, there are very people alive today who actually know what is necessary and, more to the point, within what kind of timeframe those necessities must be met. Rirden, however, has done his homework.

In his endeavor to outline the necessary changes we must make in order to create a sustainable society, Rirden has left no stone unturned. One by one, he tackles climate change, land management, oceanic stressors, transportation, green building, energy, nutrient and water recycling, nature restoration, the possibility of a carbon-neutral economy, overpopulation, over-consumption, and, finally--my favorite part of the book--the "structural insanity" of economic and political systems, and how we might reconstruct them in ways that promote a healthy environment and society.

Admittedly, I was a little skeptical of the book at first, since I had never heard of author. Rirden knows his stuff, though, and The Blueprint has been endorsed by such ecological giants as David Suzuki and Bill McKibben. Do yourself and the planet a favor and pick up a copy today. Preferably on Kindle!
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bold, Brutally Honest, and Unapologetic Portrait of Planetary Survival 13 Jun. 2012
By bluestorm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 29 Jun. 2012
By Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're starved for food for thought, The Blueprint is a royal dish.

As the years go by, environmental problems are only getting worse. We really seem to be in for a major eco-disaster. Rirdan's book provides more details on possible threats and - unusually - follows up with suggested solutions.

As you can probably imagine, solving global environmental dilemmas requires something more than minor attitude adjustment. Rirdan designed a comprehensive plan for a total, dramatic world overhaul. The number of new technologies presented in his design is astonishing. Additionally, each new invention is followed with detailed analysis of its usefulness, cost, raw materials availability etc.

Obviously, a dramatic change of global infrastructure will not be possible without concurrent change of social, political and economical systems. Here again solutions and ideas are provided.

The technological solutions from Rirdan's plan convinced me, but I can't shake off scepticism as to the social aspects of his design. I judged their implementation unlikely or impossible although for the sake of our lovely planet, I wish I was wrong. Time will tell.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe the planet while it can 3 Sept. 2012
By Henk-Jan van der Klis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Where other writers and scientists deal with aspects and consequences of global warming, overpopulation, city development, sustainability or food supplies in the 21st Century, Daniel Rirdam takes another bold step. In The Blueprint - averting the global collapse, he shares his mitigation plan, based on inputs from a myriad of research sources. 20% of the book are made up of notes referring to external documentation. Measures that can be taken in the next years with technology presently available and able for large scale implementation. Sustainable development, environmental protection, global warming prevention and renewable energy sources make up this body of knowledge, illustrated with countless statistics, examples and best practices from over the world. Taking the current climate changes, Earth's population and our needs for food, work, transportation and leisure as a start, Rirdan explores ways to cut energy consumption by a factor of 10. Lower-impact technologies, reduced ecological footprint by providing smarter ways to generate energy (nuclear, solor, wind), build and make use of land (crops, alternating grazing, wise choises to deploy energy generation and consumption). There are many ways for nutrient and water recycling, the whole food system is reinvented and wilderness brought back. From electric cars, new electricity grids, passiv houses, photovoltaic energy production, lessons from Chernobyl and Fukoshima, to new building codes and the use of perennial grains: the plan is audacious, casting aside sacred cows and calling for measures that will impinge upon our comfort. It cuts through the haze, with immediately employable solutions. It goes the distance, using myriad computations and models to validate the content. The intent here is a makeover of the manmade world within fifteen years. The author envisions a world government, in addition to existing governments and not replacing them, to implement the blueprint, elaborating further on the schemes and intermediary states in this book. Coherence is important, because each choice impact (the outcome of) others. This is a call to action for all the grownups out there to knuckle down and buckle up. It asks of us to do the job that the adolescents of the past left for the adults of the present to handle. It is time we steer our civilization on a new course.
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