CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
Sept 13, 2020
411.47 ppm
1 year ago
408.48 ppm
10 years ago
387.00 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.


Sustainable Blewbury Organisation

The Covid-19 restrictions have meant that we have had to postpone our AGM and we have decided that the most practical way forward is to defer it until next year and then include two years in one, probably with an enlarged agenda and a presentation of all our various activities.

In another change to our operations Glen Meadows has stepped down as Chair of Sustainable Blewbury and John Ogden is taking over the role with immediate effect.  John is planning to consult with Glen and the other members of the Core Group directing our affairs and from this to recommend the priority areas for us to concentrate on in the next twelve months.  

Glen will continue to be an active member of the Core Group and we would all like to take this opportunity to thank him for his great contribution over the years, long may it continue.


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Sustainable Blewbury Activities

Apple juicing

If you have a large crop of apples, we suggest that you hire our equipment to use at home. This includes detailed instructions. Hiring costs £10 for 24 hours in Blewbury and Upton, £15 per day elsewhere. To book, or for more information, contact Eric at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or 07935 232 296.

We are also having public juicing sessions on Sunday afternoons at Blewbury Manor from 2 to 4 pm for people who do not have huge quantities of apples. Remaining dates are 4 and 18 October. Please bring apples prepared and ready to be juiced: wash windfalls, remove bad bits but there is no need to remove cores. We can pasteurise your juice so it will keep for up to a year – for this you need glass screw-top wine or drink bottles but note that we can’t supply bottles. Pasteurisation takes a while, so if you would like us to do this, please arrive well before 3 pm. You can also put juice into plastic bottles and freeze it. Costs: £1 per pressing (bucket or large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle.

Apple juicing

Blewbury Garden Market

We resumed on Saturday mornings from 29 August and plan to continue through September. We will not be using our gazebo, so we will be dependent on the weather. Bring fresh produce or baked or other goods to sell at 9.00 am. Open for sales from 9.15 to 11.15 am.

You set pricing for your goods; you keep 90% while 10% is held for our running expenses.

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.


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Newsletter 40 – July/August 2020

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

This edition starts with information on how SB is re-organising and postponing our AGM, then summarises some of our current activities (notably apple juicing and the garden market). There are three fairly short items on help in making homes more energy efficient, a comment on recent trends in electric cars, and a link to information on air pollution. Finally, a long article on the status of the UK's nuclear electricity-generating reactors.

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


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.

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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.