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!
Blewbury Garden Market 2014 – Runs every Saturday from 9.30–11.30 am at the Garage. See our food page for details, as well as full information for producers.
Permaculture Open Day: Sunday 7th September 2–4.30 pm – Come and see our developing orchard garden. Watch this space for more information.
Details of our events, and some others run by nearby groups, can be found on our events page. Events elsewhere (and much else) can be found on ClimateXchange, and Oxfordshire events on CAG (Community Action Groups) Oxfordshire, which we are affiliated to.
New on our websites
- A report on the Blewbury Wagon’s history and restoration project.
- We have a new project: find out more about the Blewbury Bee Group.
- A poster-style summary of the new IPCC 5th report on climate change, prepared for the Blewbury Green May Fair on 10 May 2014, is available here (pdf).
- The government’s much-delayed Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic properties is 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. We have also updated our Green Deal coverage to include the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund – it provided cashbacks for a wide range of measures, but it was rapidly over-subscribed and cancelled after just seven weeks due to the funds available running out..
Newsletter 11, July 2014
Contents: (click here to read the newsletter)
- Editorial: Speaking out on climate change – and changing the economy – Mike Edmunds
- Climate change: reporting-bias in the media – Emily Black
- New Blewbury Bee Group – Blewbury Bees
- A Letter from Salt Spring Island – Katharine Byers
- At last – the Renewable Heat Incentive – Eric Eisenhandler
- Is the Green Deal for you? – Eric Eisenhandler
- Green May Fair, 10 May 2014 – Jo Lakeland and Angela Hoy
- In spring 2013 carbon dioxide in the atmosphere briefly surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in millions of years. This year, April was the first full month recorded with CO2 levels above 400 ppm, May (see graph) was even higher and the level remained above 400 ppm through June.
- Although the year-to-year rise in global average surface temperatures has levelled off recently, leading to some claims that climate change has stopped, this seems to be due to natural variability of the weather. A very clear account of the global climate, available here, shows that when we view the climate a decade at a time each decade in recent years has been warmer than the last.
- 2013 was the sixth warmest year since records began more than 160 years ago. The warmest year on record was 2010, and 13 of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century.
- Many experts now believe that the goal of keeping the global average temperature rise below 2 degrees C may not be possible, due to carbon emissions continuing to increase. In addition other effects, such as extreme weather and rising sea-level due to warmer oceans and increased melting of ice in Greenland and Antarctica, are worse than most predictions.
- The government’s much-delayed Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic properties has finally started. Systems installed from July 2009 are eligible. See our Energy Initiative’s domestic grants page for more information.
- 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. The Green Deal covers a wide variety of measures. We explain how it works, and some of the problems that have led to extremely poor take-up of Green Deal finance. See the Energy Initiative’s domestic grants page for our evaluation.
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Our activity is organised around five main themes: