Sustainability Through Soccer: An Unexpected Approach to Saving Our World

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Univ of California Press, Jul 19, 2016 - Science - 182 pages
In the quest for sustainability, we strive to meet our present needs without sacrificing the same opportunity for future generations. Our success or failure depends on our ability to think in “systems,” integrating environmental, social, and economic considerations. But how do we learn systems-thinking? In a series of engaging, rapid-fire stories, Sustainability through Soccer takes readers on a journey through a progression of systems-thinking and sustainability concepts. Using the beautiful game of soccer as an analogy, Leidy Klotz illuminates real-world interdependencies (such as between climate change and human rights), building the chain of concepts in a fun, accessible way. Soccer nerds and newbies alike will be entertained on the way to a deeper understanding of sustainability science.
 

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Contents

How to Use This Book
13
Floating Jabulanis and the River of Grass
20
PortoChelsea and a Russian OilgarchStocks
33
El Loco Higuita and the NineDots PuzzleSpace Boundaries
46
Icelandic Volcanoes and the Best Team EverInputs and Outputs
59
Pickup Games and Hungry AntsSelfOrganization
74
Mayan Ball Games and ChimpanzeesEmergence
77
Lampard and Me Highways and RailroadsPath Dependence
92
Barbosa Bigode and the Choice to Eat DirtThe Five Whys
107
FalseBrooding Runs and Wind TurbinesBiomimicry
122
The Fan Who Scored for West Ham and DivestmentTransparency
135
THE ENDLESS QUEST
147
The Greatest Leverage Point and Marta Continued
161
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Leidy Klotz is the Copenhaver Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. Less than a decade into his academic career, he has been awarded a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and named to NerdScholar's inaugural list of "40 under 40: Professors Who Inspire" for his ability to captivate and engage students. Before becoming a professor, he was a professional soccer player.

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