Climate activists fill golf course holes with cement in France
French climate activists have filled golf course holes with cement in protest against a water ban exemption on greens across the country during a severe drought.
The group, part of the Extinction Rebellion organisation, targeted courses near the city of Toulouse, calling golf the “leisure of the most privileged.”
In a petition, the local activists said the exemption showed that “economic madness takes precedence over ecological reason”.
“At a time when the greatest drought ever observed in France since the beginning of meteorological readings is raging, while the drying up of rivers is accelerating in our regions, at a time when 93 departments out of 96 are placed under water use restrictions, resulting in total bans on irrigation for certain market gardeners and for agriculture; a sector concerning a tiny fraction of the population seems to enjoy a privilege worthy of another world in these times of crisis; golf,” the group said in its online petition.