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Blewbury’s Sustainable Scarecrows

Scarecrows are invading Blewbury today, and staying with us until Monday evening. They should all be made of rubbish, so they will be Sustainable Scarecrows – the best kind!

Fossil fuel firms’ money not welcome at COP26 – big oil need not apply

Fossil fuel money is not welcome to help run next year’s Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow, as UK government seeks sponsors with net zero emissions plans.
Fossil fuel money is not welcome to help run next year’s Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow, as UK government seeks sponsors with net zero emissions plans.

Outdoor Eco Church Service

Outdoor Ecochurch Service on Blewbury Play Close at 2.30 pm on Sunday 23rd August. It will be the first live Sunday Service led by members of St Michael’s since mid-March, and they invite everyone to join them in a lovely place, at the heart of our village
It will be an all age service and young members of St Michael’s will be taking part. We hope families and anyone who cares for our environment will join us.

It’s apple time again!

But what to do with them if you have a glut? Posters up around the village and on BVS Facebook say SB Apple Juicing starts 2 – 4 pm on Sunday 23rd August at Blewbury Manor Stables then every 2 weeks after that:6 September 20 September 4 October 18 October We are being Corona virus […]

Nando’s is making big change to its chickens – and it involves insects

Nando’s aims to cut its carbon emissions to net zero, and halve the carbon footprint of its average meal over the next ten years, and part of this plan is to feed its chickens on insects. This was featured in the Daily Mirror of 28th July, and the first instinct is to think what will the chicken taste like, or I don’t want to eat that!

Who’s using the least coal now?

I confess, I have been playing with Carbon Brief’s interactive map of the world’s power stations for over an hour, but I have learned a lot.

The image at the top of this post is of the world’s coal fired power stations in the year 2000, but if you move the blue slider from left to right the map slowly updates from 2000 to 2019, then predicts the future (2020). You can pick parts of the world instead of the entire planet: European Union, U.S.A, China etc. and the colour and size of the dots tells you if the power station is operating or only planned and so on. Try out the map for yourself.

Watch the Grid!

Great Britain heads for record coal-free period during lock down
(in June it was 2 months, now 3 months – the longest period since the 1880s) bit.ly/2CNhrBd
So I checked this National Grid statement on GridWatch gridwatch.co.uk/
… COAL Zero% True, Britain is rapidly phasing-out coal, BUT
GAS provides on average 27% of electricity generated, and nowhere in this statement (which attracted a lot of press interest) was the large contribution by gas mentioned.
NUCLEAR contributes a fairly constant 5 GW day and night and that was not mentioned either!

Global and UK Increase in wind power

We all know we MUST use less fossil fuels, so we MUST produce more sustainable energy. Wind power is an important option for the UK, because we are on the windy side of Europe and as an island, off-shore wind farms are the obvious option. There have been several articles in the Renewable Energy financial […]

The Big Butterfly Count has started!

Join the Big Butterfly Count
All you have to do between Friday 17 July and Sunday 9 August, is to download an identification chart, choose a place to spot butterflies and moths. Watch for 15 minutes. Then record which species you see on the Big Butterfly Count website

Extreme Siberian heat caused by Climate Change

UK Met Office report: Prolonged Siberian heat is almost impossible without climate change. Russian town of Verkhoyansk experienced new record temp for the Arctic (38°C) on 20 June. Siberia’s prolonged extreme temperatures would only happen less than once in every 80,000 years without human-induced climate change!

2020 Ashden Award winners

11 winners from the UK and developing countries were announced in a video celebration featuring films of the organisations in action and a passionate speech about education for the future from President of the NUS Zamzam Ibrahim.

Masses of butterflies?

I’ve seen masses of butterflies in the last few days. Lots of large and small Whites and lemon coloured Brimstones in our back garden, and very exciting, at least 10 Marbled Whites on the slopes

SB newsletters

Children will soon all be heading off to school, and restrictions are being lifted. So we need to keep up with how climate change will affect us, and with what our government and big businesses are doing

The Time is Now to lobby MPs about Climate change

So that is what we did! 13,000 people signed up with Climate Action to lobby their MPs via over 200 Zoom meetings on 30th June, and I was one of 50 people who questioned David Johnston, MP for Wantage. Watch the short video below to see why we were zooming it Rather than use my […]

Global Weirding

Global Weirding is a a series of more than 60 short (2 –  9 minutes) videos on Youtube, made by Climate Scientist Katharine Heyhoe for PBS America. Are you trying to home school bored youngsters? Or do you want to find out more about what is happening to our climate? These videos could be just […]

The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make ‘all-plant’ drinks bottles Sugars extracted from wheat, with corn and sugarbeets, will be used to produce the plant plastic instead of fossil fuels. Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with […]

Ocean Memories – an ice concert

‘Ocean Memories’: the world’s most northerly ice music concert Ocean Memories is my favourite of Greenpeace’s Serenity videos. Click on Ocean Memories to watch it, but turn on your speakers first. A concert on a glacier on Svalbord, 78°N, played on instruments carved from the ice There are 17 short videos ranging from one to […]

COP 26 postponed until next year

Another important event postponed because of the Coronavirus. The announcement was made in a joint statement from the UK and UN after a “virtual” meeting of officials. It was to be expected in the current lock down situation, and also because the planned COP 26 venue, Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus is now set to become […]