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Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues, including the depletion of natural resources. We believe that we must reduce 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 lower-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 Blewbury Energy Initiative website includes information on the scientific background to climate impacts, renewable energy and measures we can all take to help lower our own carbon footprints.


Events (more details on our events page)

Village Leaf Clearance – Sunday 3rd December, 2–4pm

Meet at the Playclose from 2 pm onwards. Bring a rake or a leaf shovel and a wheelbarrow if you have one. Sponsored by the Blueberry.

Last year this was a lovely afternoon, with plenty of families (and individuals) enjoying themselves. There will be an activity for children at the school beforehand, and afterwards volunteers will have their reward: coffee, tea or squash/juice with fresh, home-baked cakes at the Blueberry.

Blewbury Garden Market EXTRA

Our Saturday morning stall at the Garage has finished for the year – many thanks to our enthusiastic producers and helpers for another good season. But don’t despair – at the Post Office we will have bread and cakes on Saturday mornings, and jam and occasional produce all week.

Thermal imaging

Every winter we borrow a thermal imaging camera in order to help anyone who wants to improve their home’s insulation. It’s a double win, for the climate and for your bills. We also can check the effectiveness of any improvements that you have made. We’ll have the camera during January – contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone 850558 if you are interested in having this done. This service is free.


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Newsletter 17 – Nov. 2017

Our second new-style Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here. The new format is meant to replace our longer but much less frequent editions with shorter, monthly ones featuring news of our current events, interesting links to other material, and one or perhaps two articles.

This issue features an article about invasive alien (i.e. non-native) plant species, first from a gardener’s point of view and then the work of the Environment Agency in controlling the worst of these plants.

Earlier newsletters are now listed with their contents on our new newsletters page.


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‘Climate Change: Growing Elephant, Shrinking Room’ – Prof. Eric Eisenhandler

There’s been a lot in the news about climate change, especially extreme weather, but the stories don’t often explain much.

Eric’s talk explained climate change and its effects. Then he covered renewable energy, including recent progress in dealing with intermittent energy sources (wind and solar), and ended by summarising the UK situation. Eric’s slides can be viewed here (pdf).


New on this website

Our environment page has short summaries of our hedge-laying activities and the start of the wildlife corridor up on the downs, as well as an updated description of our downland project.


Click on these links to find out:

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 and to encourage the use of renewable energy resources. The aim is to use much less coal, oil and gas to help the global environment.

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 and Heritage

The natural environment and heritage theme aims to raise awareness and 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.