While nearly 100 French villages are short of drinking water, there’s one green space that isn’t exempt from the national water ban — golf courses.
Extinction Rebellion targeted courses in the towns of Vieille-Toulouse and Blagnac.
The news comes amid warnings that almost half of EU land is currently under a drought warning or worse because of a combination of heatwaves and a persistent lack of rain.
Climate activists fill golf holes with cement after water ban exemption in Toulouse, France
A climate activist sign reads: ‘This hole drinks 277,000 litres of water a day. Do you think that much?’
The group called golf the ‘leisure industry of the most privileged’, according to the BBC, adding that ‘economic madness takes precedence over ecological reason’.
Enforcement of the ban in France is at the discretion of regional officials. But one gold course has already diverged.
Under the water restrictions, French people cannot water their gardens or wash their cars in some areas.
Ille-et-Villaine in western France banned the watering of its golf courses, going against the exemption.
‘A golf course without a green is like an ice-rink without ice,’ Gérard Rougier of the French Golf Federation told the France Info news website.
France has declared a state of crisis after finding rainfall down by 85%.
The country is experienced its third-driest spring on record this year after 2011 and 1976, according to the national weather service, reported France24.
Golf courses can use up to 173 million litres of water per day during the summer months, according to US figures from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
For comparison, the average household uses 349 litres per day, according to the UK’s Environmental Agency.
Flames rip through tinder-dry woodland in Gironde, in the south of France, where a record-breaking summer of heatwaves and drought has turned pine forests into firewood
This photo provided by the fire brigade of the Gironde region SDIS 33, shows a wildfire burning near Saint-Magne, south of Bordeaux, southwestern France
A water-bombing plane drops flame retardant chemicals on to trees in the Gironde region of France, where fire crews are struggling to extinguish a blaze that has been burning for more than a month
A burned-out house and car are visible in the village of Belin-Beliet, in the Gironde region of France, after a wildfire swept through and destroyed some outlying buildings
The abnormally dry conditions are creating a ‘tinder box’ for sparking fires, with parts of France increasingly at risk.
Wildfires are now blazing across the country’s southwest, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate from their homes.
France is in the midst of its fourth heat wave of the year as the country faces what the government warned is its worst drought on record.
National weather agency Meteo France said the heat wave began in the south and is expected to spread across the country and last until the weekend.
Overall, the southern half of France expects daytime temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius and won’t drop at night below 20 C
France has been forced to call in reinforcements from across Europe to help battle a huge wildfire that has been burning in the south of the country for more than a month.
A sunbather stands in front of the receding water line of the Verdon Gorge, southern France, Tuesday, Aug 9. France is in the midst of its fourth heat wave of the year
Dead fish lay on the dried-up bed of the river Tille in Lux, France, Tuesday Aug 9. Burgundy, home to the source of the Seine River which runs through Paris, normally is a very green region
A paddle boarder passes through a drying portion of the Verdon Gorge in southern France, Aug 9. The country is facing what the government warned is its worst drought on record
Hundreds of firefighters from Germany, Poland, Romania and Italy headed to Gironde, near Bordeaux, to help tackle a blaze that began burning in early July as Europe’s record-breaking summer heatwave got underway before reigniting several days ago – forcing 10,000 people from their homes and burning 7,000 hectares of pine forest.
Drought continues to spread across the country, with dead fish covering the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux.
Dry weather in France, the European Union’s biggest grain producer, has added to market worries about global supply due to war disruption in Ukraine, a major grain exporter.
A heat wave harming crops has already pushed India to ban wheat exports.