NO MORE GOLF COURSES IN SPAIN ¡NO MAS CAMPOS DE GOLF EN ESPAÑA!

As concerned environmentalists, mostly native English-speakers now resident in Spain, members of Iberianature forum urge you to join us in raising international awareness of the Spanish regional governments unwillingness to halt the rampant construction of golf courses in a country completely unsuited to the sustainability of this activity. Click on letter below or visit http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,622.0.html  for more information.  
Miembros del foro de Iberianature, preocupados por la construcción massiva de campos de golf en España, pedimos a los ministros del medio ambiente de España y del Parliamento Europeo que se paren de construir aún más urbanizaciones insostenibles por la falta de recursos naturales de agua que tiene este país. Rogamos que os uneís con nosotros en
firmar esta petición. Haga clic en "letter" abajo o visita www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,626.0.html  para más información.

We the undersigned would like to voice our concern for the proposed plans to build even more golf courses in Spain, adding to the 340 already in existence. 
Over 30% of Spain is in immediate danger of desertification and the country has the 3rd highest rate of water consumption per capita in the world.
According to Greenpeace Spain, another 316 golf courses are in the planning stages, an extremely worrying number considering the amount of water needed for the greens alone without even taking into account the water supply necessary for the residential complexes that always accompany the construction of the courses. 
With a golf course measuring between 50 and 150 hectares, the annual water consumption is around 1,000,000 cubic metres, or the yearly equivalent necessary for a town of 240,000 inhabitants.
So-called environmentally-friendly golf courses use recycled waste water and drill their own wells. Recycled waste water significantly raises the salinity levels of the soil and hence the aquifer while private wells reduce the amount of water available for the surrounding populations and are often not monitored. Neighbouring local residents suffer water rationing - a hardship not enforced on the tourists staying in the (occasionally illegally-built) golf course hotels and complexes.
We urge the ministers to use their powers to put an end to this misuse of the country's already limited water reserves, especially in the light of the current climate change we are all experiencing.

Los abajos firmantes quisieramos mostrar nuestra preocupación por la proliferación de campos de golf y sus alojamientos acompañantes mientras no tenemos los recursos suficientes de agua para sostenerlos. Más que un 30% de España está en peligro de desertificación y el país lleva la cifra del tercero más alta del mundo por cantidad de agua consumida por persona.
Los pueblos
cercanos de los campos de golf en el sur de España sufren cortes de agua mientras se riegan los "greens" y los turistas se aprovechan de nuestra agua inconscientes de la escasez de ella.
Esperamos que los ministros nos escuchen y que no permitan más construcción de campos de golf cuando estamos experimentando todos el cambio climático y sus efectos.
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