So Friday is the beginning of the FIFA World Cup. Thinking I would like to give it a biology slant I looked for some interesting sites that could possibly be used for discussions on Eco friendly world sporting events and the issue of sustainability or perhaps look for diverse sites that could be used for a possible Group 4 project.
- Apparently Nike’s Official team jerseys will be made from recycled plastic bottles.
- A report addressing the ecology and sustainability in supporting Mega-sporting events: The 2006 world cup in Germany.
- Apparently the carbon footprint of the South Africa world cup will be 8 times greater that in Germany. (A large part of this is due to the flying).
- Here is an extensive feasibility study for a carbon neutral 2010 FIFA World Cup in SA.
- Then there are footballers doing their bit to try and reduce the carbon footprint in SA. In the English Premier League, players, clubs and fans have been doing their bit.
- Why not play football for a couple of hours and then use the energy that is now stored within the ball, to charge your mobile phone before you head home. It might just save on kerosine.
- Then there are the medical journals produced by Uefa, Medicine Matters, to help prevent serious injury in the game.
- And finally, an article on Metabolic response and fatigue in soccer, if you can get access from the site.
There are big issues relating to such global events as the FIFA WCup, Olympics, Commonwealth Games etc and the damage they can inflict on the global environment. They have little if any lasting economic affect on the host city / country beyond the feel good factor though they doadd to such things as Global Warming.
When there is such a large number of South Africans struggle for such basics as clean water, proper health care etc, is the world right in focusing on football? Don’t have the answers but perhaps your students do?