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
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 starting our summer season at the Blewbury Garage forecourt on Saturday 16th May. There’s full information on our food page.
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.
Blewbury Primary School EcoFair – Thursday, 9 July: Watch this space for more information.
Village Produce Association Annual Show – Saturday 11 July: Watch this space for more information.
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 13, April 2015
Contents: (click here to read the newsletter)
- Editorial – Mike Edmunds
- Climate Change Briefs – Mike Edmunds and Eric Eisenhandler
- Green Deal? Or Green lottery? – Eric Eisenhandler
- Blewbury School: Eco-School and Eco-Council – Jo Lakeland
- Blewbury Garden Market – the background – Angela Hoy
- Heritage Lottery Fund award for the Blewbury Wagon – Peter Cockrell
- Bee alert Blewbury – Debs Furness
- Low Carbon Hub shortlisted for prestigious Ashden Awards – Jo Lakeland
- Sustainable Blewbury beer mats
Climate (See our global warming page)
- 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. In 2015 this happened even earlier, surpassing 400 ppm in February and rising to 401.5 ppm in March.
- Depending on exactly how the data were analysed, 2014 was either the warmest year on record or tied with 2010 and 2005. The 15 warmest years have all been since 1998.
- 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 provides grants to cover a wide range of measures. it ran out rapidly when first introduced in June 201 but resumed in December (the funding for solid-wall insulation ran out within one day!). A new release of funding was announced on 16 March 2015 but the solid-wall money was gone within 10 days.
- The government’s much-delayed Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic properties 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. See our Energy Initiative’s domestic grants page for more information.
Click on these links to find out:
Our activity is organised around five main themes: