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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Leidy Klotz is Associate Professor of Engineering at Clemson University. 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.
“Klotz is highly qualified, both for his grasp of systems-thinking and sustainability, and for his knowledge of soccer and experience playing it—as well as for his passion for the game. This book covers the topic of sustainability well and in a fun, nonpedantic way.”—Thomas Hudspeth, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources, University of Vermont
“Sustainability through Soccer is effective in its discussion of systems and sustainability through multiple relatable concepts and narratives (soccer, personal anecdotes, historical events). This book addresses one of the challenges in teaching these courses: making the subject relatable. Klotz addresses this particular issue by using soccer as a heuristic tool to teach more broadly about sustainability and systems. It is a great starting point.”—Michael Finewood, Assistant Professor of Geography and Sustainability, Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham University