CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
Feb 9, 2020
414.40 ppm
1 year ago
412.70 ppm
10 years ago
390.32 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 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.


Coming Sustainable Blewbury events

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Our first Repair Cafe

Saturday 29th February, 2 to 4 pm, in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

You will be able to get something fixed, save money, help save the planet, and have a cup of coffee and home-made cake all at the same time. If it’s worn out, torn or has just stopped working, don’t throw it away – bring it to our Repair Cafe and we’ll try to fix it. We hope to have volunteers who can sharpen tools and knives, do electrical and mechanical repairs, help with sewing and upcycling clothes, fix bikes, and stick things back together. All repairs are free, but a donation to cover expenses would be appreciated. More details soon.

The mind-blowing truth about our food – a talk by Anthony Simpson

Monday 9th March, 8.00 pm, in Blewbury Manor Barn
Tickets £6 including a drink and nibbles, from Blewbury Post Office (or on the door if not sold out).

Food crop rows

Anthony gave us an excellent talk on electric cars a year ago. In this talk on food he will look at the surprising range of impacts of our food choices:

All this and more!

Waste food

Love Food Hate Waste workshop

Saturday 14th March, 10 am to 12 noon, in the Melland Room, , Blewbury Clubhouse

Would you like to save food, save money and help the planet?

Love Food Hate Waste is a workshop put on by Blewbury Climate Action and the WI that can help you do all that. A free event with ideas on how to use all the food you buy, avoid waste, and have a free lunch afterwards! Although it’a free you will need a ticket, available at the Post Office from the end of February.

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.


Newsletter 37 – January/February 2020

Climate Stripes

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

We start with some local events – see items above. Then a very varied list of short articles with the common theme of climate change. Comments on the 2020 World Economic Forum at Davos, a first step on the road to replacing natural gas for heating and cooking, and an item on plant-based milks – which are environmentally damaging and which might be good to use. That’s followed by a comment on why it is important to reduce methane emissions from animals raised for meat and dairy, a summary with comments on the UK’s lack of progress towards its ground-breaking net-zero carbon target, and finally an article on how the UN is building a refugee camp in Africa that is actually green.

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


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Blewbury Climate Action (BCA)

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 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.

Our Ideas meeting on January 8th was a great success. Plenty of people came and they had masses of ideas about what we should do. I ended up with well over 150 ideas on post-it notes to sort into groups, then the people who came to the meeting will be able to decide which ideas they were most concerned about and which they want to follow up.

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


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Blewbury buses

The current timetable is available here. 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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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.

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.