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Tee without plastic

Is it climate activism when the Royal Northern Devon Golf Club replaces plastic teas with wooden sticks? No, each measure is useful, even if it is not enough.

As of January 1, 2020, sheep, horses and birds that share the creatures of the golfer species over Westward Ho Beach in Devon County are also starting to keep people waiting. The Royal North Devon Golf Club, England's oldest golf club, will then ban plastic t-shirts, those colorful pens that golfers use to throw their balls, then picked up by birds and picked up everywhere, even on the beach. and in the sea ", as the club's president, Richard Hughes, just said telegraph Explain. Wood teas break more easily, but the temperature of the plant: "Protect our environment," Mr. Hughes then calls the golfers, "so it will be a long time."

Mockingbirds will suggest that you can not save the planet by banning plastic hats in the hills above Barnstaple and Bideford Bay, and twice when the golfer continues his journey into the Range Rover, which consumes some of the most expensive sports. ; gasoline. That's right – but should it be left behind? The Wimbledon tennis tournament was not totally carbon neutral, as the organizers decided this summer not to provide the pros with their freshly packaged racquets wrapped in plastic; 4500 bags have been saved. More importantly, the All England Lawn Tennis Club wants to go even further in the question of how to limit the environmental footprint of its major event.

No day goes by without sports being taken into account in terms of sustainable development. Players from Ajax Amsterdam have just traveled to Lille by train for the Champions League match. In the Bundesliga, among others, the TSG Hoffenheim is called "climate neutral" – trees are planted in the Kikonda forest in Uganda to offset emissions. Yes, some sounds sound like actionism, symbolism, marketing. But if now the opinion of Bonn on the climate, CO2OL calculated that every Bundesliga match day emits 7800 tons of CO₂, especially for the fans on the move, then you can see it too: any measure helps. But nothing is enough.

Meanwhile, at the Royal North Devon Golf Club, they also bend to the plastic ban: since 1864, their place nestles in the hills, but last year the Celtic Sea took it a part. Now, they fear that climate change will soon send more violent storms.