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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 and activities

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Restoring England’s threatened chalk streams: Paul St. Pierre (Environment Agency)

Monday, 5 March in Manor Barn, 8.00 pm

Paul St. Pierre will talk about work done to restore chalkland rivers, with particular reference to the Kennet and Lambourn valleys, and also relevant to Blewbury’s Mill Brook. Chalk streams are a unique and rare habitat, typified by crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife. Southern England has the highest concentration of these rivers in the world. However, in recent decades they have deteriorated due to man’s involvement and climate change. Hear how we are restoring these natural wonders back to their full glory! Profits will be donated to Water Aid.
Tickets £6.00 (including wine & nibbles) from the Post Office, or on the door if not sold out.

Tropical forests, people and climate change: Dr. Catherine Long

Monday, 26 March in Manor Barn, 8.00 pm

Catherine Long (who grew up in Blewbury) will talk about her work supporting local communities and indigenous peoples in Africa and Latin America to secure their rights to control and manage forests – and to engage in global debates on climate change and other issues that affect their lives directly. This includes deforestation and its causes, along with some success stories about community and indigenous managed forests, as well as recent information about biofuels and wood pellets that affects the UK directly. Profits will be donated to a charity of Catherine’s choice.
Tickets £6.00 (including wine & nibbles) from the Post Office, or on the door if not sold out.

Leaves for mulching

We have quite a few bags of leaves from the footpath leaf clearing in December. If anyone would like some of them for turning into leaf mould please contact us – see below.

We have a substantial programme of activities in and around the village and we urgently need more volunteers in all areas. 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.


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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 in Blewbury on 30 October 2017 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.

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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.