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2,4-D

Well im my research today, I learned about 2,4-D. This common pesticide is pretty much toxic to everything, except lush green grass. This is the 21-century and thry sill have a chemical like this out there. That is just stupid and harmful. There should be laws preventing this kind of stuff. This chemical can cause different types of cancers to people. If the chemical is this bad to humans, imagin its effect on nature that is living by a golf course.

This chemical kills nature. You wonder if it is even worth having this chemical to produce lush greens. Me personally would like this banned and a more naturally approach to lush greens.

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This is my last entry. It seems like all the news stories about golf courses impact, on the enviorment are the same. There is way to much water being used to get lush greens. Clean water to, which is even more insane to think about. They could use dirty water at least to water grass. This has to change in the future. Also the use of pesticides are rediculous. They are way to harmful to the enviroment. Something else that just gets under my skin is golf courses in provincial and nation parks. These places have been set aside so animals and trees could survive with out all the harmful impacts humans strees on nature. This is the main thing I would like changed, is to ban golf in parks and let nature be free.

Golf in South East Asia

 Well to days inspiration of writing has come from a TED Case Study about Asia Golf and the Environment. The TED Case Study says that “Golf development is becoming one of the most unsustainable and damaging activities to people and the environment”. Who would have thought that the game of golf has come to this.

The golf trade in Asia has been creating a golf haven for golfers and an environmental nightmare for environmentalists. In Southeast Asia gold course have been created over virgin forests, just to get a good view or has forced farmers to sell their land, so some rich people can have a game or two. This is just not right or ethical. Golf courses are getting out of hand and are devastating the environment. The article I just read has brought up a good point that I have never thought about before. The only reason people do not see the damage caused by golf courses is because of the beauty of wear the golf course is located. The design and the view a golf courses have, seem to take your mind off of the environmental, social, and health problems that the game of golf brings.

I just don’t understand why it is so difficult in today’s world to get messages out and say enough is enough. This has to stop. I hate how everything is so political. It seems that the only way to get the message out is if a huge environmental devastation occurs or like a 100 or more people get killed. Like that is just retarded. I wish things were easier control.

This past week in class we have been talking about National Parks and Parks in general and how they have been environmentally damage over the years. This week’s article I found was perfect because it is about parks and how they want to damage them. A lobbyist for a major golf course developer is trying to build support for state legislation, to build public golf courses in five different state parks in Florida. Are these people insane or what. Do they not realize the damage this could cause. It is even more shocking they want to build in Parks. Like what the hell. This is land set aside for its beauty and they just are going to destroy it. Why someone would even considers this, is mind boggling. I believe that this should not go throw and whoever would want to destroy nature especially in a Parks. This is the kind of stuff that is shocking and should be well known to everyone so this can get stopped.

Well catch me next week if you like. See ya later.

Article:http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/opinionzone/2011/03/04/build-golf-courses-on-state-park-land/

Week 2

Well this week I found a video, a picture, and a couple article. The video I found was quite useful and interesting. It is always nice to learn information through different sources. I learned from the video, the treats golf courses impose on rural communities. Did you know that 7x as many pesticides are used for golf courses then farming. It was also crazy that in the video the pesticides turned water from a river red. Like that’s so insane. Imagine trying to grow a farm with that kind of water. This video gives u a pretty good picture of the problems associated with golf courses.

I also found a picture in Egypt of a golf course. Who could think of lush greens in the middle of a desert? Like that is defiantly the biggest waste of water ever.

The articles I found were intriguing. The first was called “Environmental crises call for closer look at golf courses”, was on the little short side, but brings up a good point. That there is no sustainable golf course in the world today. The “Global Anti-Golf Movement”, on Facebook says that even know we are trying to make greener golf courses, there never will be any environment-friendly or sustainable golf course ever. So that is very interesting to think about. It is a huge sport in the world that is so damaging to the world and there will never be a way to make it earth friendly. It just seems better if the sport of golf was banned, the environment would be so much better off. This other article I found was a little amusing because Justin Timberlake is trying to be seen as an environmentally friend character and a role model. Justin is building a new golf course that is somewhat friendly to the earth, with electric carts, the plating of native spices, and a rain reservoir for watering. He hopes by doing this he can set an example for other golf courses throughout the world. This article was useful to. It had good facts that even bring out more of the impacts golf courses have. It is estimated that all the golf courses in the world use around 2.5 billion gallons of clean water daily. That is enough water for 4.7 billion people. It just blows my mind that golf courses would use so much clean water.

Jesse out, be posting some new stuff next week.

Video: http://www.5min.com/Video/Impact-of-Water-Usage-on-Japanese-Golf-Courses-489141638

Articles: http://business.inquirer.net/money/features/view/20110204-318472/Environmental-crises-call-for-closer-look-at-golf-courses

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/opinion/2024934/justin-timberlake-n-sync-environment

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First Post and Topic Picked

Hi, again

I have finally picked a topic for my class. It is going to be environmental issues with golf courses. I pick this topic because I like to golf and would love to try new courses. So I am going to see all the issues cause by golf courses. The article I found, has taught me some key problems with golf courses.

Did you know that in recent years, new golf courses have been growing rapidly and are increasing in popularity.  The problems with golf courses are they deplete fresh water, the use of fertilizers, and the use of pesticides and herbicides. Depletion of fresh water can have a huge impact on ecosystems because in most causes golf courses are located in protected areas or were resources are limited. This will cause a shortage of resources and have massive impacts on the environment. Fertilizers used on golf courses can cause more nutrients then what local ecosystems can provide. This causes alien spices to invade, which will decrease the indigenous spices to the area. Finally, the use of a pesticides and herbicides; you would not think that these chemicals would have a butterfly effect t on ecosystems, but sadly they do. Pesticides and herbicides are supposed to stay confined in the golf courses to kill weeds and insets. Unfortunately they do not. The chemicals can get into water systems, causing them to spread immensely. This causes a problem with the food chain by reducing food consumption for animals. Honestly I would never think that a golf course could cause all this damage.  

Article: http://www.environment.co.za/golf-courses-polo-fields-effects/the-impact-of-golf-estates.htmlGolf

Hello world!

Hello who ever is interested in reading this. I’m Jesse Akers and currently taking TMGT-2610, which is “Environmental Issues in the Tourism Industry”, at Thompson Rivers University. My project for this class, is to create a blog about an environmental issue that is concerning to me. Once a week, for six weeks I have to update my blog, on the topic that im currently concerned with. As of right now I have no clue what I’m going to write about. So I hope that I can figure out a topic and start blogging by Monday.