Polar Bears and Wind: New York Climate Change-Theme Small Golf Course

July 19 (Reuters) – An 18-hole miniature golf course aimed at educating players on climate change opened in Brooklyn, New York earlier this month.

Each of the 18 holes in the Putting Green mini golf course shows a climate change problem or solution. A card with a hole in each hole describes the theme.

For example, hole 1 shows how dirt and debris are washed away in storm surges and go to waterways, and hole 2 shows what happens when a whale dies and sinks into the ocean.

Hole 3 illustrates the devastation of polar bear habitat, Hole 6 shows how the weather can motivate refugees, and Hole 12 shows the power outages of old city buildings.

“Climate change and the environment are now very important topics,” said Mike Lamparilo, director of Domino Park, where the course is located. So by bringing environmental issues to the forefront in a fun and playful way, it really stimulates discussion and helps people understand the scope of the issue.

Each of the learning spaces was designed by local artists or nonprofits as a “building energy exchange,” which created the “energy efficient buildings”.

Although many large golf courses have been criticized by environmentalists as wasteful and harmful to ecosystems, greenery is built on “environmentally friendly materials,” including ornamental wood. Greeting guests with a glass cap made from recycled glass caps and recycled grass.

Course gob itors say they appreciate the message of climate change.

“I don’t know,” said Emmanuel Evans, who played golf with his son Liam. .

“Suddenly you go into the hole and read the little paragraph and say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that.’ It’s really a way to let people know by letting them have fun.

According to the coordinators, the profits from the course will benefit two local groups – the Wildlife Conservation Association and the New Creek Alliance.

Report by Angela Moore; Edited by Diane Craft and Rosalba O’Brien

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