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.
Our forthcoming events
Sustainable Blewbury AGM – Wed. 15th April, Blewbury School Hall, 7.30 pm: An informal evening to discuss what we’ve been doing and what you’d like us to be doing, over a drink and nibbles. We are delighted that Simon Kenton (Project Manager, Community Action Groups) will be joining us to bring us up to date with the Oxfordshire network at the forefront of community-led climate change action. We will also be showing some interesting short videos.
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, lots of 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.
Blewbury Garden Market: Advance notice that we will be aiming to start our summer season back at the Blewbury Garage forecourt on Saturday 9th May, or 16th if we have a really awful spring.
Our quiz on 14 March was aimed to raise money for the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund, and there was an overall profit of £1014. Thanks to everyone who helped and participated.
Blewbury winter lecture series – Conservation Against the Odds: See our events page for more information.
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. (There is a short video about CAG here.)
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
Contents: (click here to read the newsletter)
- Editorial – Mike Edmunds
- Groundwater flooding – Mike Edmunds and Paul Whitehead
- Climate change briefs – Mike Edmunds
- Invest in community energy in Oxfordshire – Mike Edmunds and Jo Lakeland
- Sustainable connections in our area – Jo Lakeland
- Downland project – Peter Cockrell
- Apple juicing events 2014 – Angela Hoy
- Our orchard garden comes of age – Eric Eisenhandler
- Blewbury Garden Market – Angela Hoy
Climate (See our global warming page)
- In spring 2013 carbon dioxide in the atmosphere briefly surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in millions of years. In 2014, April was the first full month ever recorded with CO2 levels above 400 ppm, May was even higher and the level remained above 400 ppm through June. In 2015 this happened even earlier, surpassing 400 ppm in February.
- Depending on exactly how the data were analysed, 2014 was either the warmest year on record or tied with 2010 and 2005. The 15 warmest years have all been since 1998.
- The government’s Green
Deal was aimed to be its flagship policy for
improving the energy efficiency of homes, in order to reduce carbon emissions
and the use of fossil fuels. We explain how it works, and some of the problems
that have led to extremely poor take-up of Green Deal finance. See the
grants page for our evaluation.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund provides grants to cover a wide range of measures. it ran out rapidly when first introduced in June 201 but resumed in December (the funding for solid-wall insulation ran out within one day!). A new release of funding was announced on 16 March 2015 and was gone within 10 days.
- The government’s much-delayed Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic properties now running. It covers solar thermal hot water, biomass boilers and stoves, and air-source and ground-source heat pumps. Note that systems installed from July 2009 are eligible. See our Energy Initiative’s domestic grants page for more information.
Local community energy
- The share offer for Abingdon Hydro, on the River Thames at Abingdon Weir, is still open. See www.abingdonhydro.org.uk for more information.
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Our activity is organised around five main themes: