CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
Jan 19, 2020
413.65 ppm
1 year ago
412.19 ppm
10 years ago
388.27 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.


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The Adventures of a Wildlife Cameraman – a talk by Sean Morris

Monday 27th January, 8.00 pm, Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse
Tickets on sale at Blewbury Post Office, £4.00. Doors open 7.30 pm and drinks will be available from the bar.

Sean, who now lives in Blewbury, says: “For 40 years, I travelled the world, filming animals and plants for TV, often in remote and exotic locations. In 1968, seven biologists from Oxford University, united by the thrill of filming animals and plants, started a company called Oxford Scientific Films (OSF). OSF soon became the world’s leading independent wildlife film company, and invented many of the specialist techniques now commonly used to create today’s block-buster wildlife series.”

“The techniques we invented, and others following from our example, dramatically enhanced how the wonders of the natural world could be communicated to the public. The talk will be about how a handful of folk in a little company near Woodstock achieved that, and about the fun and excitement we had while capturing some of nature’s most fascinating stories on film.”

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Our first Repair Cafe

Saturday 29th February, 2 to 4 pm, in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

You will be able to get something fixed, save money, help save the planet, and have a cup of coffee and home-made cake all at the same time. If it’s worn out, torn or has just stopped working, don’t throw it away – bring it to our Repair Cafe and we’ll try to fix it. We hope to have volunteers who can sharpen tools and knives, do electrical and mechanical repairs, help with sewing and upcycling clothes, fix bikes, and stick things back together. All repairs are free, but a donation to cover expenses would be appreciated. More details soon.

The mind-blowing truth about our food – a talk by Anthony Simpson

Monday 9th March, 8.00 pm, in Blewbury Manor Barn
Tickets £6 including a drink and nibbles, on sale in February at Blewbury Post Office.

Food crop rows

Anthony gave us an excellent talk on electric cars a year ago. In this talk on food he will look at the surprising range of impacts of our food choices:

All this and more!

Waste food

Love Food Hate Waste

Saturday 14th March, 10 am to 12 noon, in the Melland Room, , Blewbury Clubhouse

Would you like to save food, save money and help the planet?

Love Food Hate Waste is a workshop put on by Blewbury Climate Action with the help of the WI that can help you do all that. A free event with ideas on how to use all the food you buy, avoid waste, and have a free lunch afterwards! Save the date. More information soon.

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 in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.


Newsletter 36 – November/December 2019

Hinkley Point

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

We have a number of items about what is happening locally on climate change: thermal imaging, a talk on filming wildlife, and other items of local interest. There are short items on green social housing in Norwich winning the Stirling prize, increasing sales of SUVs increasing carbon emissions, and the European Investment Bank dropping fossil fuel investments. Three related items: the moratorium (not ban) on frackng in England, UK support for fracking in Argentina, and a new deep coal mine approved for Cumbria. And shrinking summer sea ice in the Arctic. An article on Natural Climate Solutions with emphasis on planting trees, followed by another describing how increasing wildfires increase carbon emissions, and evidence that such fires are happening more often in the UK. Finally, a summary of some interesting projects funded by grants from the Oxfordshire Low Carbon Hub.

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


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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.

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.

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.