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Sustainable Blewbury is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues. Due to rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, as well as depletion of natural resources, we must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We need to explore ways in which we as a village can adapt to a lower-carbon way of living, yet maintain a good quality of life. In 2013 we celebrated our 20th anniversary!

Events

Blewbury Garden Market Extra at the Post Office – Blewbury Garden Market continues at the Post Office on Saturday mornings from 9.30 am and welcomes all to bring bread, cakes, preserves as well as cleaned trimmed vegetables (think leeks, roots, cabbages, Jerusalem artichokes!) for sale. Why not encourage your children to try their hand (with supervision!) to increase their pocket money by making sweets or bread? Our food page explains how it works, and has full information for producers.

Quiz evening, Saturday 14th March, Blewbury Village Hall, doors open 7.30 pm for a prompt 8.00 pm start – Questions to suit everyone and there will be lots of prizes and a bar. Maximum team size is 10. Tickets are £8, available at Blewbury Post Office from 3rd February. All profits will be donated to the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund. Please support the bar!

Sustainable Blewbury AGM, Wednesday 15th April, Blewbury School Hall, 7.30 pm –An informal evening to talk about what we are doing and what you would like us to be doing, over a drink and nibbles.

‘Explore your Churchyard’ day, Saturday 9th May – Hosted jointly by St. Michaels and Sustainable Blewbury. An opportunity for you and your family to find out about the plants and animals that make up the environment of St. Michaels Churchyard. The day will include a light lunch in St. Michaels, and Blewbury Garden Market will be there during the morning selling local produce and home-made goodies for our 2015 opening day.

Details of our events, and some others run by nearby groups, can be found on our events page. Events elsewhere in Oxfordshire (and much else) can be found on CAG (Community Action Groups) Oxfordshire, which we are affiliated to.


Carbon budget

New on our websites

SB places the highest priority on raising awareness of climate change. We are especially keen to find better ways of communicating urgently how climate change impacts on all our lives. Our websites include information on the scientific background to climate impacts, renewable energy and measures we can all take to help lower our own carbon footprints.

On the Blewbury Energy Initiative website we have a new explanation of what’s meant by our global carbon budget, how much of it is left, and what that means for burning fossil fuels if we want to limit climate change – see the figure at right.

Newsletter 12, November 2014

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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.