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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.

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.

Recent event

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.

Related events

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.)


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.