London, England: The Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) has marked the UN’s World Environment Day 2020 by celebrating golf’s contribution to nature.
Last year, GEO Foundation focused on how golf courses could play an important role in Beating Air Pollution. And whilst so much has changed in the world since then, some underlying trends and issues are as important as ever.
“This year we are celebrating golf’s contribution to nature – how it helps to conserve the rare and the common, the iconic and the invisible – and how golf’s global diversity of landscapes and eco-systems (the woodlands, the wetlands, the grasslands and the dunes) all offer safe haven for our wildlife,” said GEO.
“Of all the environmental and sustainability issues we face, perhaps no other fits so well with golf – an outdoor sport and recreation that brings people into direct contact with their local green spaces, and the species that live there.
“We also highlight some of those Sustainability Champions and leaders in golf who are making sure this doesn’t just happen by accident; who, through careful stewardship, are ensuring their courses are as valuable to nature as possible.
“There’s also a firm focus on the benefits to golf clubs and golfers. For example, how nature can create new efficiencies; provide natural solutions to course issues like flooding; add to the experience and fun golfers have; and be a point of genuine pride in the local community.”