John Peet is the author of Energy and the Ecological Economics of Sustainability as well as papers on systems, sustainability, and the ethical requirements of stakeholder involvement. Since retirement, he has worked with a number of local, national, and international non-government organizations.

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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 […]

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Introduction A pioneering report, The Limits to Growth, published in 1972, marked a turning point in thinking about the environment, selling some 30 million copies in 30 languages.1 The two-year study behind the report took place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the request of the Club of Rome, an international group of …

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