A Blueprint for Survival was an influential environmentalist text that drew attention to the urgency and magnitude of environmental problems.
First published as a special edition of The Ecologist in January 1972. It was later published in book form and we Went to sell over 750,000 copies. 
The Blueprint Was signed by over thirty of the leading scientists of the day-Including Sir Julian Huxley , Sir Frank Fraser Darling , Sir Peter Medawar , and Sir Peter Scott -but was written by Edward Goldsmith and Robert Allen (with contributions from John Davoll and Sam Lawrence of the Conservation Society , and Michael Allaby , who argued for a radically restructured society in order to prevent the loss of life. . 
It is recommended that people live in small, decentralised and largely de-industrialized communities. Some of the reasons given for this were that:
- it is too difficult to enforce moral behavior in a large community
- agricultural and business practices are more likely to be ecologically sound in smaller communities
- people feel more fulfilled in smaller communities
- reducing an area’s population reduces the environmental impact 
The authors used tribal societies as their model, they were claimed, were characterized by their small, human-scale communities, low-impact technologies, successful population controls, sustainable resource management, holistic and ecologically integrated worldviews, and a high degree of social cohesion, physical health, psychological well-being and spiritual fulfillment of their members.   
- Olduvai theory
- Limits to Growth
- Transition Towns
- Jump up^ About the Ecologist, www.theecologist.org
- Jump up^ Fantasy, the Bomb, and the Greening of Britain by Meredith Veldman. Cambridge University Press, 1994. p230
- Jump up^ A Blueprint for Survival, The Ecologist, Vol. 2, No. 1. Preface
- Jump up^ Netzley, Patricia (1999). Environmental literature . California: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1-57607-000-X .
- Jump up^ A Blueprint for Survival, The Ecologist, Vol. 2, No. 1
- Jump up^ The Stable Society by Edward Goldsmith. The Wadebridge Press, 1978.
- Jump up^ The Way: an ecological worldview by Edward Goldsmith, University of Georgia Press, 1998.