CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
Aug 2, 2020
413.17 ppm
1 year ago
410.35 ppm
10 years ago
388.71 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 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 Project page has more on Sustainable Blewbury’s origins, a list of our projects and who to contact for more information.


Sustainable Blewbury Organisation

The Covid-19 restrictions have meant that we have had to postpone our AGM and we have decided that the most practical way forward is to defer it until next year and then include two years in one, probably with an enlarged agenda and a presentation of all our various activities.

In another change to our operations Glen Meadows has stepped down as Chair of Sustainable Blewbury and John Ogden is taking over the role withi immediate effect.  John is planning to consult with Glen and the other members of the Core Group directing our affairs and from this to recommend the priority areas for us to concentrate on in the next twelve months.  

Glen will continue to be an active member of the Core Group and we would all like to take this opportunity to thank him for his great contribution over the years, long may it continue.

Sustainable Blewbury Activities

Blewbury Garden Market – SUSPENDED and Apple Juicing

We were planning to open (for our 11th year) at the planned village celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May. Sadly, that had to be cancelled. We don’t think it is feasible to run our morning stall in the usual way while adhering to the current safety rules, but hope we will be able to resume later in the summer.

For the summer, we are trying to think of a way for people to be able to buy, sell, and perhaps exchange garden seedlings and plants in a safe way. This would be very useful for people who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. If you have any ideas about how that might work please contact Eric at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or 07935 232 296.

Apple juicing – from late August

We are hoping to run our annual apple-juicing sessions from late August. This would include private hire of the equipment if you have too many apples for our normal pulbic sessions.

For both the garden market and the apple juicing we could do with more help. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Eric at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or 07935 232 296.

In normal times, 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, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.


GeenFairRecovery

Newsletter 39 – May/June 2020

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

It starts with a rundown of some recent Blewbury activities related to SB. Short items cover a wide variety of topics: Long-tailed Tits; Tiny plankton tell the ocean's story; some recent comments on climate from Greta Thunberg: Climate change 'as urgent' as coronavirus; Great Britain heads for record coal-free period during lockdown; Church investments in major oil companies; 18 reasons why you should go meat-free; Record breaking temperatures in Siberia; Climate change meteorology; The Time is Now ... for a green and fair recovery.

Earlier newsletters and their contents are available on our newsletters page.


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Blewbury Climate Action (BCA)

BCA is a group formed by Sustainable Blewbury at the request of Blewbury Parish Council.
Our aim can be summarised as: ‘acting locally in a global climate emergency’ and this heads every page on our BCA blog.

We can see with our own eyes that our climate is changing, and scientists from all over the world agree that the world is facing a climate emergency. But governments are failing to address the crisis, so we must tell politicians that we expect them to do better for ourselves and future generations, and we ourselves must also do what we can to help.

It is naturally more difficult to get going on your own, and also to know what to do that’s most effective, so the BCA group was created to provide unbiased information and to help people do things large or small that will make a difference to the global climate emergency.

Our Ideas meeting on January 8th was a great success. Plenty of people came and they had masses of ideas about what we should do. I ended up with well over 150 ideas on post-it notes to sort into groups, then the people who came to the meeting will be able to decide which ideas they were most concerned about and which they want to follow up.

Subscribe to our blog: blewburyclimateaction.com, or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/BlewburyClimateAction


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Blewbury buses

The current timetable is available here. 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.


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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, encourage the use of renewable energy resources and use much less coal, oil and gas.

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 & Heritage

The natural environment and heritage theme is to 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.