CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
May 17, 2020
416.97 ppm
1 year ago
414.72 ppm
10 years ago
393.46 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.

Our Project page has more on Sustainable Blewbury’s origins, a list of our projects and who to contact for more information.


Coming Sustainable Blewbury events

Blewbury Garden Market – SUSPENDED

We were planning to open (for our 11th year) at the village celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May. Sadly, that had to be cancelled. We don’t think it is feasible to run our Saturday morning stall in the usual way while adhering to the current safety rules, but hope we will be able to resume later in the summer.

For the spring, we are trying to think of a way for people to be able to buy, sell, and perhaps exchange garden seedlings and plants in a safe way. With garden centres closed, this would be very useful for people who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. If you have any ideas about how that might work please contact Eric at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or 07935 232 296.

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.


Newsletter 38 – March/April 2020

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Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

We start with some local events we have had to cancel, listed above, then some news from Blewbury Climate Action, hedge laying and our downland wildlife corridor. Followed by a very varied list of short articles: the connection between repair cafes and planned obsolescence of consumer goods, a possibly surprising short item on plastic bag use, something about the UK's first Tiny Forest, an article on how Covid-19 has led to an inadvertent experiment in cleaning up air pollution, information about the status of the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway, a short item on how bacteria might process waste polyurethane plastic, and an article on how some of the big banks, despite saying all the right things, are still financing finding and producing fossil fuels that cannot be burned if we are to limit climate change.

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.

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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.