CO2 in the atmosphere

Mar. 2021: 417.64 ppm
Mar. 2020: 414.74 ppm
Pre-industrial: 280 ppm
 SAFE LEVEL: ~350 ppm

From: NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
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Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues. We must end our dependence on fossil fuels because of the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We need to explore ways in which we as a village can adapt to a low carbon and more sustainable way of living, while maintaining a good quality of life. SB places the highest priority on raising awareness of climate change and communicating urgently how it affects all our lives.

Our Project page has more on Sustainable Blewbury’s origins, a list of our projects and who to contact for more information. Note carbon dioxide levels in sidebar at the left.


Sustainable Blewbury Activities

Annual General Meeting

We postponed last year’s AGM in the hope that we could hold a normal meeting this year, but that now looks premature. We are planning to hold our AGM via Zoom on Tuesday, 20th April at 8.00pm. We will review what we have been doing in the past two years and discuss ideas for new activities. If you’d like to participate, please email our secretary, Jane Kinniburgh at secretary@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk for details of the link to the meeting.

Blewbury Garden Market

We are hoping to start early this year, on Saturday 17th April, but that will depend on the rules related to COVID-19. You might like to start planting soon with view to selling surplus fruit and vegetable seedlings. If you would like to volunteer to help on the stall (in a COVID-safe way); please contact either Eric (850558 or 07935 232 296) or John (850372).

Trees planted near the Chalk Pit

In March 2017 we planted quite a few very young trees from the Woodland Trust near the Chalk Pit as a first step in making a wildlife corridor along the track to the top of Cow Lane. Sean Morris has been doing maintenance work, by clearing out dead elder, planting a few more trees (wild cherry, oak, beech) and putting taller deer-guards around some of the trees planted previously. If you are walking near the Chalk Pit have a look at the young trees.

In normal times, we have a substantial programme of activities in and around the village. Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment. If you’d like to get involved, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372


CO2 2021

Newsletter 43 – January/February 2021

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

Local SB activities: Hedge laying, hedges and biodiversity; Jolyon Kay; Blewbury's own snowdrop
Short items:
2020 may have been hottest year ever recorded; Green Homes Grant scheme collapses; The Economics of Biodiversity: the Dasgupta review and the UN Report on Nature; Particulate pollution from log burners
Longer articles: Councils will be critical in the fight against climate change by Ellie Vincent; Why 2021 could be the most important year ever! by Jo Lakeland

Earlier newsletters and their contents are available on our newsletters page.


Blewbury Climate Action (BCA)

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BCA is a group formed by Sustainable Blewbury at the request of Blewbury Parish Council.
Our aim can be summarised as: ‘acting locally in a global climate emergency’ and this heads every page on our BCA blog.

We can see with our own eyes that our climate is changing, and scientists from all over the world agree that the world is facing a climate emergency. But governments are failing to properly and seriously address the crisis, so we must tell politicians that we expect them to do better for ourselves and future generations, and we ourselves must also do what we can to help.

It is naturally more difficult to get going on your own, and also to know what to do that’s most effective, so the BCA group was created to provide unbiased information and to help people do things large or small that will make a difference to the global climate emergency.

Subscribe to our blog: blewburyclimateaction.com, or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/BlewburyClimateAction


Blewbury bus

Blewbury buses: Revised timetable for 94/94S

We have been hoping since 2016 for reinstatement of earlier and later 94 weekday buses and a Saturday service. And this is what has changed from 4th January! It could reduce the carbon footprint of the villages and will give village residents without cars much improved access to both Didcot and the Harwell Campus.

The revised service runs linearly from Didcot through East Hagbourne, Blewbury, Upton, Chilton to Harwell Campus and back again, but unfortunately West Hagbourne’s only stop will be at the Horse and Harrow. A pdf copy of the timetable can be downloaded from the Thames Travel (TT) website at thames-travel.co.uk/routes/94. There will be no changes to the 94S buses on school days.

It is important to remember that in July 2016 when Oxfordshire County Council decided to withdraw all funding for local bus services we could have lost all our buses had TT not managed to keep the 94 service running by transferring some pupils that they had previously taken to school on a dedicated coach service onto the 94/94S instead. The requirement to carry school children continues to provide a significant portion of the revenue for the service. This commitment to getting children to and from school on time (using a single bus for both the 94 and 94S route) determines the availability of the single vehicle that provides both the 94 and 94S service.*

It means that the first direct bus to Harwell Campus does not arrive there until 9.32 am. If you need to get to Harwell Campus before then you have to take a bus in the opposite direction to Didcot Parkway and transfer to the X32 service.

* Children from eight villages (Blewbury, Upton, the Hagbournes, Astons and Moretons) are transported to and from
   St. Birinus and Didcot Girls School on the 94S bus.

Please also try the Friday morning minibus to Wallingford run by the Downland Villages Transport Group (DVTG) – it’s great for doing errands or just having a quick break in Wallingford on market day. If you haven't already signed up or need more information, contact dvtgbus@gmail.com, or ring 01235 851763. You can buy tickets at Blewbury Post Office or Savages.


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Our activity is organised around five main themes:
 

Travel and Transport

The travel and transport theme promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths, in order to reduce car dependency.

Energy

The Blewbury Energy Initiative aims to reduce energy consumption in buildings, encourage the use of renewable energy resources and use much less coal, oil and gas.

Food and Farming

The food and farming theme supports and promotes local food production and marketing in order to reduce food miles, as well as encouraging fair trade.

Natural Environment & Heritage

The natural environment and heritage theme is to promote protection of Blewbury's history, architecture and special characteristics – such as its springs and streams, trees, and village fabric.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The reduce, reuse, recycle theme aims to reduce the amount of waste, and to encourage reuse of items and recycling to recover raw materials. It promotes water saving, local recycling and household composting.