Extinction Rebellion are at it again – this time targeting golf courses in southern France, filling holes with concrete in protest over the courses being given exemptions from water restrictions during one of the worst droughts in history.
How did the activists make concrete without using water? Well, never mind that. Gerard Rougier of the French Golf Federation defended their exemptions from water restrictions when speaking to the France Info news website:
“A golf course without a green is like an ice-rink without ice.”
France has told residents to avoid non-essential water usage like car-washing and watering gardens, but golf courses are permitted to keep watering greens. Extinction Rebellion Toulouse posted a photograph on Twitter apparently showing a golf hole filled with cement and a sign saying “This hole is drinking 277,000 liters. Do you drink that much? #Stop Golf …
So obviously these activist types have never played golf, and especially not on a course that hasn’t been watered. It’s impossible! You might as well not even bother. At the same time, I do understand their grievances here. No one wants to live in a world where it’s one rule for you, and another rule for others. If you’re not even allowed to wash your car or grow vegetables in your garden, then why should other people be allowed to water golf courses so they keep up their hobbies?
Still, as ever with Extinction Rebellion, I’m not sure inconveniencing and p*ssing off a bunch of people (in this case French dads) is the way to win people over to your cause. They’re just going to end up resenting you even more. I guess, like us, the most the French can do right now is pray for some rain. That might pose a whole new bunch of problems for golf players, but it’s better than concrete-filled holes.
For wild footage of a police chase through a golf course in Florida (where else?), click HERE.