Tuesday, March 31, 2015


How crazy is this? Much like Nero fiddling while Rome was engulfed in flames we continue to drain the planet of a much needed resource (water) just to be able to chase little white balls up and down acres and acres of green grass that suck up billions of gallons of water. Even the President seems to be oblivious to the problem Obama Plays Water Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought

Amount of water it would take, per day, to support 4.7 billion people at the UN daily minimum
2.5 billion gallons

Amount of water used, per day, to irrigate the world’s golf courses
2.5 billion gallons

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day.” The average golf course uses 312,000 gallons of water, according to Audobon International, meaning each one uses as much water as 780 families of four. In Palm Springs—immediately adjacent to a place called PalmDesert—NPR reported that each of the city's 57 courses use about a million gallons a day, or about the same as 2,500 families of four.

Looking statewide, the numbers really get fun. California is second only to Florida in the number of golf courses it has: 921. Together, those courses use as much water as 2.8 million people, or about 7 percent of the state's population. While middle-class homeowners risk fines for watering their lawns, millions upon millions of gallons of water are wasted every day on a boring leisure sport for the wealthy.

“Golf courses are a huge problem,” said Adam Keats of the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental advocacy group. And part of that huge problem is the people who play it. “They're a wealthy elite that have no connection to want or lack,” Keats, head of the center's California Water Law Project, told me over the phone. “Golfers live in a world of excess.”