Can Golf Or Any Sport Alert The World’s Elites To The Threat Of The 6th Mass Extinction? Not Probable!

By Donald A. Collins | 13 March 2023
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Will fear of losing their cushy life really motivate our world’s rich golfing addicts to activate their ubiquitous international golf network of highly placed political players to recognize that the coming 6th Extinction is for real and likely to accelerate into an irreversible disaster before the end this century.

I am doubtful that Golfer Trump will care but perhaps he will smell a chance for a quick buck by selling his courses for a profit if the needed funds flow to address the increasing legal fees to defend his past actions.

Elon Musk reports that if all motor vehicles ran on electricity the fossil fuel dilemma would be over. His ingenuity, laudable as it surely is, does no tell us how we feed 8 billion people as we add 80 million yearly, on a planet whose sustainable population is estimated by numerous scientists to be no more than 3 billion. Experts predict 3 billion more will be added by 2100.

However, the failure of the rich and powerful to awaken to the dangerous trends impending for our planet very likely as soon as later this century you would think more of these rich and powerful main beneficiaries would be pressing for action on climate, environmental and social action.

The late economist, philosopher and public servant, John Galbreath, offered us this frightening insight: “the modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”

Saving these great golfing venues located here and around the world should provide incentive to these rich powerful players to want to save them. So far that is not obvious in the endless commentary we hear as these events are being played. Having played many of these great courses here and overseas, I fervently hope they will understand the urgency of this threat, but that does not seem likely.

As an avid mediocre golfer since I first played at age 14 now at 92, I am still at it and find I gain a special surge of energy and enjoyment at being out in these beautiful fields. I have played in Asia, Ireland, South America, Africa and Scotland and in the US at Cypress Point, Pebble Beach and Oakmont as well as Congressional CC near DC where I now live as well as many other less well known but wonderful US, Scotch, Irish, South American and Asian venues. I must admit that on any of these treasured courses, I have not been close or even near par on any one of them! I am now content to play on public courses off the front tees and still get the same pleasure in so doing.

The spread of golf around the world has fostered a network of international tournaments that has allowed tremendous players to emerge from everywhere, not like when I grew up in Western Pennsylvania about 10 miles from Latrobe a small city which was Arnold Palmer’s hometown.

When Palmer was the PGA’s leading money winner in 1973, he took home purses totaling about $250,000. When Jon Rahm, a Spanish, won on February 20th at Riviera Country Club near LA his purse was $3.6 million. The 2023 Player’s winner on 3/12/23 Scottie Scheffler got $4.5 million. The 2023 Players golf tournament total purses of $25 million vs the Players 2010 winner got $1.7 million out of total purses of $10 million.

The upstart LIV Tour, a PGA Tour rival, funded with Saudi Arabian oil money, doubtless forced the PGA to make its purses bigger, but initially not enough to match what money LIV used to lure many PGA stars like Phil Michelson who reportedly got $200 million to join!

However, I suspect the PGA/LIV Golfing Battle is now going to subside.

Phil Michelson, perhaps the most famous golfer that joined the new LIV tour pointed out that the PGA has not been responsible enough in answering the concerns of its players. So, while their joining the LIV was first and foremost the huge money bribes from the Saudis, it jarred the PGA into acting to keep its predominance by raising its purses dramatically.

No one sees the fossil fuel sellers like the Saudis as avid climate fixers. In fact the likely demand for fossil fuel will not early on be replaced. wane. In fact, on 3/13/223 Biden announced his approval for a major drilling operation in Alaska. Read here.

These rich golfers–not only the rich players but also those who enjoy these venues–could also be encouraging other rich sports franchise owners who should, but apparently don’t see the value of helping solve these climate issues.

The pressure was on everyone from the media, sponsors, advertisers, players, and fans to keep the PGA in its classic rotation of major championships rolling along with the dozens of other tournaments. But the immense threat of global disaster seems unnoticed by so many of us.

LIV through its market action of new higher Saudi purses mandated these PGA increases which these wealthy business sponsors could well afford.

In fact, with world’s rich on board, the world could well afford to fix its looming environmental problems.

Not at all important, but from this new level of PGA purses, the smell of Saudi oil money will likely have an adverse effect on LIV’s future and provide the lesser chance for Donald Trump to use his golf courses.

While golf’s tenure for its PGA tour players can be lengthy vs football or any other sport, its long 40-week seasons on the road have not proved helpful to many players’ marriages. Ask retired stars Tom Watson or Nick Faldo.

But as the effects of human impact on our environment kick in further, not much later in this century, even getting a tee time or even playing golf may be impacted!!!

The immense priority, attention and resources given to so many sports activities around the world of which golf is just a fraction just adds to the fact that too many humans are ignoring what is happening to the health of our planet. This fact, despite the UN COP meeting reports I find all the more distressing. If US sports fans gave the same attention to our fragile planet as they do to the Super Bowl, their political demands would inspire our politicians to work to fix these urgent problems that are leading us to a 6th Extinction, but time is getting shorter and shorter.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

Earth currently experiencing a sixth mass extinction, according to scientists | 60 Minutes

Bitesize Guide: Living Planet Report 2022 | WWF

Wildlife in decline by almost 70% since 1970, says report – BBC News

Sir David Attenborough on overpopulation

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