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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)

Thermal imaging

Every winter we borrow a thermal imaging camera from the Vale district council 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 – if you are interested in having this done, contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone 850558. This is a free service offered by volunteers from Sustainable Blewbury.

Village Leaf Clearance, 3rd December

Thanks to everyone who gave their time and effort to clear the footpaths, making this family event a success! We are especially grateful to The Blueberry for their hospitality in offering hot drinks in a warm place to go with the cakes afterwards, to all the people who baked the delicious home-made cakes, to Blewbury School for activities that got so many children involved, and to David Hollick and team for collecting all the bags of leaves.

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.


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Newsletter 18 – December 2017

Our third new-style Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

This issue features a summary of Sustainable Blewbury’s many and varied activities in 2017. There are short items on fracking, wind and solar farms with battery storage, and plastics recycling.

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


‘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.