CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
Sept 8, 2019
408.59 ppm
1 year ago
405.31 ppm
10 years ago
384.69 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.


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Blewbury Garden Market

Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am, at Blewbury Garage – NOTE: last day 28 September

This has been a record year! Thanks to everyone for bringing and buying so much lovely local fruit and veg, baked goods, honey, preserves, flowers, etc. The stall is open from 9.15 to 11.15 am (unless we sell out earlier) until the end of September. (The photo shows some produce from Blewbury School Gardening Club.)
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 info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Apple juicing

apple juicing

Sunday afternoons at Blewbury Manor Stable

Blewbury has a lot of apple trees! Every year, from August through October, we use our shredder, press and pasteurisers to produce hundreds of bottles of delicious, pure apple juice. Come to one of our public sessions, which are at two-week intervals, to make some of the best apple juice you have ever tasted:

 • 18 August, 2–4 pm

 • 1 September, 2–4 pm

 • 15 September, 2–4 pm

 • 29 September, 2–4 pm

 • 13 October, 2–4 pm

 • 27 October, 11 am to 1 pm (if sufficient demand; note time)

Bring washed apples (especially if they are windfalls) with bad bits removed, and screw-top wine or drink bottles. To preserve the juice we can pasteurise it so it will keep for up to a year, or you can freeze it (in a plastic container). Pasteurising the juice takes quite a while so please arrive early in the session if you want to do it.

Our prices are very reasonable: £1 per pressing (bucket or large basket), and 30p per bottle to pasteurise.

If you have huge quantities of apples we can’t do them all in our public sessions, but our equipment can be hired at low cost: £10 for 24 hours in Blewbury or Upton, £15 elsewhere. For bookings or more information please contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Plastic Ocean

Events elsewhere

Film: ‘A Plastic Ocean’, presented by Abingdon Carbon Cutters
Thursday 26 Sept., 7.45 pm (please arrive by 7.30) at Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon OX14 3GD
Tickets £6 on the door, ample free parking

A special screening of this 2016 UK documentary. Director Craig Leeson, while searching for the blue whale, discovered the growing problem of plastic waste in the oceans across the world, and its devastation of sealife. Contributions from wildlife specialists David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle and Ben Fogle highlight the need for immediate change in our attitudes to this problem.

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 34 – July/August 2019

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

This issue’s articles include the long-term project to restore chalkland wildflowers at Tickers Folly Field, an alarming article on how much food we waste at home, and a plea to have explanations of how climate change is affecting our weather linked to TV and radio weather forecasts. There are short items on a green and attractive social housing development, major divestments from fossil fuels by the National Trust and the European Investment Bank, and a huge mismatch between words and actions by the government on reducing carbon emissions.

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.