CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
Dec 1, 2019
411.07 ppm
1 year ago
408.47 ppm
10 years ago
387.08 ppm
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.

Thermal imaging

Get your home imaged for free in January


This January we are again 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 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


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 or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

Newsletter 36 – November/December 2019

Hinkley Point

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

We have a number of items about what is happening locally on climate change: thermal imaging, a talk on filming wildlife, and other items of local interest. There are short items on green social housing in Norwich winning the Stirling prize, increasing sales of SUVs increasing carbon emissions, and the European Investment Bank dropping fossil fuel investments. Three related items: the moratorium (not ban) on frackng in England, UK support for fracking in Argentina, and a new deep coal mine approved for Cumbria. And shrinking summer sea ice in the Arctic. An article on Natural Climate Solutions with emphasis on planting trees, followed by another describing how increasing wildfires increase carbon emissions, and evidence that such fires are happening more often in the UK. Finally, a summary of some interesting projects funded by grants from the Oxfordshire Low Carbon Hub.

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

Blewbury bus

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, or ring 01235 851763. You can buy tickets at Blewbury Post Office or Savages.

Camera trap fox

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.

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.


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.