Archive for February, 2011

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.





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.  


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.