CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
May 12, 2019
415.39 ppm
1 year ago
411.84 ppm
10 years ago
390.12 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 believe that 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 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.


BGM

Blewbury Garden Market

Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am, at Blewbury Garage

We started with a bang on 4th May and will be open every Saturday morning until the end of September from 9.15 to 11.15 am (unless we sell out earlier). We sell bedding plants and seedlings, fresh local garden fruit and vegetables, flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and (later in the season) Blewbury honey.
Helpers:
Would you like to help out on the stall every few weeks? Contact us at the email or phone below.
Producers:
please bring items to sell from 9.00 am; you set your own prices, we only take 10% commission. For more information and sales forms see www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/food.htm, email us at bgm@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Green drinks

BGM

Monday 3rd June, from 7.30pm at The Blueberry

Green drinks are a friendly chat over a drink, to ask questions or tell us what you think about green topics. At this session we hope to discuss what Sustainable Blewbury can do in the coming year about climate change and biodiversity loss. Everyone is welcome: we’d really like to hear what you think, it’s completely informal, there’s no agenda, just come and chat.

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.


Hinkley Point

Newsletter 33 – May/June 2019

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

The long article is about the important new report from the UK government's Committee on Climate Change. This responds to the new urgency about our climate and proposes tougher targets and what we have to do to revitalise the UK programme in order to reach their new goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. There is also a note on the climate and biodiversity crises from our chair and an update on the community orchard. Short items of interest cover the IPCC’s special report on climate warming of 1.5C, the first week since 1882 with no coal-fired power generation, a web display of the energy sources producing electricity, hydrogen-powered buses for London, making your garden a haven for wildlife, the North Wessex Downs walking festival, rubbish on beaches, and the Oxford Bus Company’s PickMeUp service.

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


Blewbury bus

Blewbury buses

The current, reduced timetable is available here; note that the first two and last two buses of the day no longer run. 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.


Camera trap fox

Blewbury wildlife videos

Have a look at the initial version of our Blewbury wildlife map. We’ve used the camera traps we bought for Blewbury Primary School to record videos at three locations in the village – each star on the map has clip(s) showing one type of animal, mostly during the night when you might not realise all that is going on in our back gardens.

We the videos are colour during daylight hours, and black and white infrared images at night.


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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 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.