CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
Nov 10, 2019
410.25 ppm
1 year ago
408.91 ppm
10 years ago
385.76 ppm
Pre-industrial:
280      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 believe that 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 Blewbury Energy Initiative website includes information on the scientific background to climate impacts, renewable energy and measures we can all take to help lower our own carbon footprints.


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Autumn village leaves clear-up

Sunday 24th November – meet at the Playclose at 2.00 pm

A great way to do your bit for Blewbury! Bring your gloves, rakes, leaf grabbers & barrows if you have them, or borrow some. Fun for all the family, keeping Blewbury beautiful.

Tea/coffee/juice and home-made cake free for volunteers after clear-up, from 3.45 pm at The Blueberry (kindly sponsoring this).

Thermal imaging

Get your home imaged for free in January

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This winter we will again be offering our free service to thermally image homes in Blewbury. Thermal images can help reduce your carbon footprint, make your home more comfortable, and save money. Contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Eric at 07935 232 296 to be on our list or to get more information.

Would you like to help? It’s interesting work and no experience is needed to help take the images. If you know or want to learn about writing reports that would also be very useful. For either just contact us as above.

The Adventures of a Wildlife Cameraman – talk by Sean Morris

Monday 27th January, 8.00 pm, Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

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Sean, who now lives in Blewbury, says: ‘For 40 years, I travelled the world, filming animals and plants for TV, often in remote and exotic locations. In 1968, seven biologists from Oxford University, united by the thrill of filming animals and plants, started a company called Oxford Scientific Films (OSF). OSF soon became the world’s leading independent wildlife film company, and invented many of the specialist techniques now commonly used to create today’s block-buster wildlife series.’

‘The techniques we invented, and others following from our example, dramatically enhanced how the wonders of the natural world could be communicated to the public. The talk will be about how a handful of folk in a little company near Woodstock achieved that, and about the fun and excitement we had while capturing some of nature’s most fascinating stories on film.’

Tickets on sale at Blewbury Post Office in January, £4.00. Doors open 7.30 pm and drinks will be available from the bar.

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 in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.


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Newsletter 35 – September/October 2019

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

There are a number of items about what is happening locally on climate change: progress on our joint Blewbury Climate Action initiative with the Parish Council, the newly formed Sustainable Harwell, moves to plant trees locally, and plans for moving towards zero net carbon by Oxfordshire County Council. Plus short items on the new Oxfam Superstore in Oxford, a local pop-up eco shop, information on recycling rates and on another big drop in the cost of offshore wind power.

Earlier newsletters are listed with their contents on our newsletters page.


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Blewbury buses

The current, reduced timetable is available here; note that the first two and last two buses of the day no longer run. There is a note on the situation in a recent newsletter.

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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Blewbury wildlife videos

Have a look at the initial version of our Blewbury wildlife map. We’ve used the camera traps we bought for Blewbury Primary School to record videos at three locations in the village – each star on the map has clip(s) showing one type of animal, mostly during the night when you might not realise all that is going on in our back gardens.

We the videos are colour during daylight hours, and black and white infrared images at night.


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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 and to encourage the use of renewable energy resources. The aim is to use much less coal, oil and gas to help the global environment.

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 and Heritage

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

Pentagram of themes

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.