CO2 in the atmosphere

Sept. 2021: 413.3 ppm
Sept. 2020: 411.5 ppm
Pre-industrial: 280 ppm
 SAFE LEVEL: ~350 ppm

From: NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
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Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury (SB) is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues, as well as protecting our lovely and unique village. 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.
Note the carbon dioxide levels in the sidebar at the left, still rising and now about 50% higher than in pre-industrial times.


Sustainable Blewbury Activities

Blewbury Garden Market 2021

This year (our 12th running the Garden Market) we started earlier in the garden planting season (April rather than May) and got a huge boost from the Blewbury Bread Company that resulted in record sales – by far our best year ever. The season has now ended, so huge thanks to all our helpers, thanks to the Blewbury Bread Company and thanks to the filling station for having us.
Eric Eisenhandler

Brenda's book

Apple Juicing

Our public sessions for this year have now ended. But if you have a lot of late-ripening appples, you can HIRE our equipment at reasonable cost: £15/day in Blewbury and Upton, £20/day elsewhere. For bookings or more information, contact us at: info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or 07935 232296.

OUR ENVIRONMENT – OUR COMMUNITY – OUR FUTURE TOGETHER: SUSTAINABLE BLEWBURY TALKS

Dr. Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, will lead our November talk and discussion on one of today’s most urgent topics: 15 Minute Neighbourhoods and other local issues: what do we need within a short walk from home? For an introduction to Brenda and her work, listen to her on BBC Radio 4’s Life Scientific available on BBC Sounds at bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000zt8v. This talk will be on Monday 22 November at 20.00, Melland Room in Blewbury Clubhouse (doors open 19.45). Tickets (from the Post Office, or on the door if not sold out) £6 including a drink of your choice.

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


Young villagers on single-use plastics – a short video

Have a look at this amazingly slick short video, made by Max and Charlie: our youngest film-makers?


Helen Browning's Pigs

Newsletter 46 – July/August 2021

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

SB activities: Blewbury Garden Market; Our next repair cafe: 19th September; Apple juicing: August to October; Blewbury Community Chalk Streams Group
Short items: Book Review: Back to Nature: How to love life – and save it; Wild flower garden diary; Planting trees ... more carefully; SB Repair cafe 19th September; What colour is hydrogen and why it matters
Articles: SB visit to Helen Browning's Organic Farm; Wantage and Didcot Contituency pre-COP26 Climate Summit


Blewbury Community Chalk Streams Group (BCCS) chalk stream

As part of Sustainable Blewbury’s commitment to caring for all aspects of our village, we are supporting a new group who will be working with us to conserve, enhance and restore Blewbury’s streams. BCCS is a volunteer group formed in May 2021 by scientists and lay people who care about the conservation of Blewbury’s ancient chalk streams and the Cleve. Headed up by Camilla Burrow, Director of Wild Oxfordshire, this sub-group of Sustainable Blewbury will run a series of community events and also work with willing riparian owners to care for and preserve our village waterways. For more info on activities and future plans contact Camilla at: camillaburrow82@gmail.com And be sure to have a look at the stream group's website: blewburychalkstreams.org.


Blewbury Climate Action (BCA)

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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 properly and seriously 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.

Production of our blog/web page is suspended at present.


Blewbury bus

Blewbury buses: Timetable for 94/94S

This gives village residents without cars improved access to both Didcot and the Harwell Campus than earlier versions.

The service runs linearly from Didcot through East Hagbourne, Blewbury, Upton, Chilton to Harwell Campus and back again, but unfortunately West Hagbourne’s only stop is at the Horse and Harrow. A pdf copy of the timetable can be downloaded from the Thames Travel (TT) website at thames-travel.co.uk/routes/94. There are still 94S buses on school days.

It is important to remember that in July 2016 when Oxfordshire County Council decided to withdraw all funding for local bus services we could have lost all our buses had TT not managed to keep the 94 service running by transferring some pupils that they had previously taken to school on a dedicated coach service onto the 94/94S instead. The requirement to carry school children continues to provide a significant portion of the revenue for the service. This commitment to getting children to and from school on time (using a single bus for both the 94 and 94S route) determines the availability of the single vehicle that provides both the 94 and 94S service.*

The first direct bus to Harwell Campus does not arrive there until 9.23 am. If you need to get to Harwell Campus before then you have to take a bus in the opposite direction to Didcot Parkway and transfer.

* Children from eight villages (Blewbury, Upton, the Hagbournes, Astons and Moretons) are transported to and from
   St. Birinus and Didcot Girls School on the 94S bus.

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.

Unfortunately, there are no direct bus links from Blewbury to the three main Oxford hospitals. However, to avoid the trauma of parking at the hospitals there are some alternatives. The X32 bus runs fairly frequently from Didcot station and the Orchard shopping centre on a surprisingly quick route to the main entrance of the John Radcliffe Hospital. If you can get to the Thornhill Park & Ride on the A40 just east of Headington, the 900 bus goes to the Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospitals, while the 700 goes to the John Radcliffe Hospital.


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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.