Climate activists fill holes with cement as golf courses avoid water ban

Climate activists in the south of France have filled golf holes with cement after golf courses avoided water bans that swept the country after a severe drought.

As reported by BBC Newsup to 100 French villages lack water but golf courses are exempt from the water ban due to the need to maintain greens and fairways.

The action was led by protesters in the towns of Vieille-Toulouse and Blagnac. The Extinction Rebellion movement took responsibility for the measures taken.

Extinction Rebellion is an environmental movement aimed at using nonviolent protest to force action to avert climate system problems. They have also participated in LIV Golf Tour events.

“Economic madness takes precedence over ecological reason”, these were the words used by activists in a petition. Some residents of the local villages in the area are struggling to water the gardens and do regular work around the house due to the water shortage.

Activist groups have called golf “the leisure industry of the most privileged”. It was reported that parts of the Loire dried up and a state crisis was declared.

Despite opposition to the golf course exemption, some constraints have been applied. Watering should be done at night, and they should not use more than 30% of normal water volume.

“A golf course without a green is like an ice rink without ice,” said Gérard Rougier of the French Golf Federation. He also said that 15,000 people work in the golf industry across France.

Earlier this week, England Golf advised golf clubs to prioritize areas of their courses that need water the most, such as the greens. They were also told to be prepared for extremely dry conditions.

England Golf has also encouraged golf clubs to find their own strategies for building up water reserves, such as building additional ponds and harvesting rainwater.

Michael C. Ford