John Peet, How New Zealand Became a Green Leader, The Solutions Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2011, Pages 12-15 ( Abstract: Editor's Note: This article is part of a regular section in Solutions in which the author is challenged to envision a future society in which all the right changes have been made. From New Zealand’s position now in the year 2050, in a state of strong sustainability, it is clear that its citizens were quite unready in 2009 to embrace the concept of sustainable living and the changes required to achieve it. Modern historians have marvelled at the fact that the 2008 general election scarcely mentioned the subject, despite the substantial evidence of imminent, unprecedented change. The drivers of major change that had been identified soon appeared in 2008, some with much more severity than had been envisaged. The world economy fell into a deep recession. This recession was triggered initially by the turmoil in the money and credit system that began in 2007 and 2008, then snowballed into major declines in aggregate demand and international trade. Political unrest in several … Topics: Sustainability