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 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, 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.
Quiz evening, Saturday 14th March, Blewbury Village Hall, doors open 7.30 pm for a prompt 8.00 pm start – Questions to suit everyone and there will be lots of prizes and a bar. Maximum team size is 10. Tickets are £8, available at Blewbury Post Office from 3rd February. All profits will be donated to the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund. Please support the bar!
Sustainable Blewbury AGM, Wednesday 15th April, Blewbury School Hall, 7.30 pm –An informal evening to talk about what we are doing and what you would like us to be doing, over a drink and nibbles.
‘Explore your Churchyard’ day, Saturday 9th May – Hosted jointly by St. Michaels and Sustainable Blewbury. An opportunity for you and your family to find out about the plants and animals that make up the environment of St. Michaels Churchyard. The day will include a light lunch in St. Michaels, and Blewbury Garden Market will be there during the morning selling local produce and home-made goodies for our 2015 opening day.
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.
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
- 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. 2014 was the warmest year on record, and the 15 warmest years have all been since 1998. See our global warming page.
- 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, which ran out rapidly when first introduced in June 2014, resumed in December, providing a cash-limited number of grants each quarter to cover a wide range of measures. The funding for solid wall insulation was all committed within one day (!) but will resume in February; grants for other items continue.
- The government’s much-delayed Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic properties has finally started. 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: