CO2 in the atmosphere

Oct. 2020: 411.28 ppm
Oct. 2019: 408.52 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.


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Sustainable Blewbury Activities

Repair cafe

It looks as if it will be a while until we manage to hold a Repair Cafe in Blewbury. The Melland Room and the Village Hall should soon be open, and our repairers are keen to help but the Covid-19 regulations are very complicated, so it will have to wait a while.

Annual footpath leaf clearing – DIY this year!

A big thank you to all the people who have been “exercising in twos” by clearing leaves from footpaths. By coincidence we started during the Vale’s official Recycling Week, so the brown bin men took away many of the black bags piled up around the village. BUT they probably won’t take extra bags next time! For over 20 years Sustainable Blewbury, the BVS and the Parish Council have organised an annual leaf clearance of the footpaths in the centre of the village: These are the footpaths we use most. The council’s leaf-sweeping lorries do not clear them.

Helpful people have already completely cleared Bennetts Lane, around the Cleve, and across the PlayClose. As I write this the only really bad footpaths left to do are Watts Lane, Curtoys Lane and along the west side of St. Michaels church. Also a few patches along Watery Lane and Footpath 24 (from Bessels Lea to London Road). If you do clear up leaves from these footpaths please stack the bags at the road end of the footpath and post where you have left them on BVS Facebook so that people who want leaves for mulching know they are there. The Parish Council will clear any bags remaining, but we are giving you the opportunity to help yourself first. David Hollick and the PC tractor/trailer cannot clear the entire village!

Please help to keep Blewbury beautiful!               Jo Lakeland

National Tree Planting Week, 30 November to 4 December

Thames Water had planned to plant a hedge around the site of the old sewage works on Thurs. 3rd Dec, with help from local volunteers. However, they have decided to pull all their volunteering activities until next year, due to the pandemic. They now hope to be able to do the planting in March. If you can help with this exciting project to improve our local biodiversity, please email John Ogden (jogden@blewbury.net) or phone 01235 850372.

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Thermal imaging of houses: Get your home thermally imaged for free in January

Seeing where heat is leaking out can help you make your home more comfortable, save you money and reduce your carbon footprint by showing what can be done to improve your insulation. Sustainable Blewbury volunteers have imaged and provided short reports about well over 200 homes in Blewbury since 2009. To be on our list, or for more information, email
info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Eric at 07935 232 296. (We need more helpers. It’s interesting work and little experience is needed to help take the images. Just contact us as above.)

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 41 – September/October 2020

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

This edition starts with information on our various activities: apple juicing, garden market, repair cafe and annual leaf clearing of village footpaths. Short items include: China's zero-carbon pledge, the UK's failure to meet biodiversity targets, an electric ferry, local air pollution from SUVs,, a new coal mine in England, Cambrige University divesting its fossil fuel investments, and plans for lots of eco homes in York. There are two longer articles about the status and possible roles of energy from hydrogen in a net-zero UK.

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.