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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.


Our forthcoming eventsBlewbury Garden Market

Blewbury Garden Market: Saturday mornings from 9.30 – 11.30, Garage forecourt

We are now open (for our 6th year!) every Saturday morning from 9.30 – 11.30 until mid-October, once again with many thanks to Balan for his very generous hospitality. We sell an ever-changing range, both traditional and unusual. Please bring surplus seedlings, produce, bread, cakes and preserves for sale at 9.15. This year is going to be a good one for soft fruits – we have lots of clean jam jars if you need any! Our food page explains how it works, and has full information for producers. Coordinated by Angela Hoy:angela.

Apple juicing sessions: Sunday 30 August to November

We’re expecting a good apple harvest this year, and will be running our annual sessions to make delicious apple juice from the many trees in the village. They start on Sunday, 30th August and will continue at fortnightly intervals until November. More details soon.

Explore your Churchyard: Saturday 19 September, 9.30 am to 1.00 pm

Explore the natural environment around St. Michaels. What sort of plants and animals will you find? Help will be on hand to assist with identification, and lunch will be provided (donations welcome). FREE ADMISSION. Sponsored by Sustainable Blewbury and St. Michaels. More details soon.

Related events

Village Produce Association Annual Show – Saturday 11 July: Watch this space for more information.


New on our websites

Mike Edmunds memorial exhibition

On 21 June 2015, on Blewbury’s Open Gardens day, we presented an exhibition showing Blewbury Village Society Environment Group and Sustainable Blewbury projects inspired by Mike’s ideas and leadership over 22 years. The posters we showed can be viewed and downloaded as a pdf file here.

A week later the Watery Lane footbridge, now called the Mike Edmunds footbridge, was rebuilt as Mike had wanted using timber. It's much more sympathetic to the surroundings. Oxfordshire County Council was asked to do this by Lydia Inglis and Mike. The photos show the transformation.

Edmunds footbridge  Edmunds footbridge
CO2 levels

Climate change

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere goes up and down during the year, peaking in the northern hemisphere spring. In 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 it had already surpassed 400 ppm in February and rose to nearly 404 ppm in May. The figure at right shows the situation in the middle of June – note the significantly higher levels compared to 2014. It looks like it will remain above 400 ppm through July and into August.

On the Blewbury Energy Initiative website we have an explanation of what’s meant by our global carbon budget, how much of it is left, and why that means not burning all known resources of fossil fuels if we want to limit climate change.

Newsletter 13, April 2015

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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.

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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.