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  • Why Blewbury Climate Action

    7 November 2019 by

    A global group of around 11,000 scientists have endorsed research that says the world is facing a climate emergency. (BBC News, 6 Nov, 2019) The study, based on 40 years of data on a range of measures, says governments are failing to address the crisis. And this was on the day when satellite data showed that… Read more

  • Repair Cafe Saturday 29 Feb

    13 February 2020 by

    Don’t bin it, bring it to see if we can fix it for free! Saturday 29th February, 2 to 4 pm in the Melland RoomBring your broken things to our first Repair Café.Our aim is to have a team of local experts to help mend them:  • Tool & knife sharpening• Check/fix your bike  •… Read more

  • Sunday 2nd February- it's national hedgehog day!

    3 February 2020 by

    Hedgehogs are doing better in towns, than in the country! Why?What can we do? We now have large fields growing single crops, and more pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers are used so there are less insects, and hedgehogs rely on insects. Flailing hedges creates gaps at their base, so less hiding places. Hedgehogs travel as far… Read more

  • Davos: 'Forget about net zero, we need real zero' – Greta Thunberg

    21 January 2020 by

    The Teen activist Greta Thunberg was in Mr Trump’s audience, and soon after his speech she spoke herself at the World Economic forum at Davos. The teenager warned that net zero carbon emissions is not enough and that while planting one trillion trees is good, much more needs to be done. “We cannot continue to… Read more

  • Davos: Trump decries climate 'prophets of doom'

    21 January 2020 by

    US President Donald Trump has decried climate “prophets of doom” in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where sustainability is the main theme. He called for a rejection of “predictions of the apocalypse” and said America would defend its economy. Mr Trump did not directly name the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg,… Read more

  • The moment of crisis has come

    18 January 2020 by

     … We can no longer put off decisions about what we are going to do about the climate emergency According to Sir David Attenborough, “we have been putting things off for year after year. While climate scientists are clear about the need for a rapid response, the pace of international negotiations is grindingly slow, and… Read more

  • Ocean temperatures hit record high

    18 January 2020 by

    The heat in the world’s oceans reached a new record level in 2019, showing “irrefutable and accelerating” heating of the planet. The amount of heat being added to the oceans is equivalent to every person on the planet running 100 microwave ovens all day and all night! The world’s oceans are the clearest measure of… Read more

  • Blewbury Climate Action Ideas Event

    15 January 2020 by

    It was great. No speeches, no telling anyone what to do, just lots of people talking to each other, exchanging ideas. It was last week, and I’m still sorting out all the post-it notes on which people wrote their ideas. There were several favourite themes on what we should do to combat climate change. And… Read more

  • Our most precious resource is right beneath our feet!

    11 January 2020 by

    Cafe Scientifique Wantage Our most precious resource is right beneath our feet! with Helen Browning Tuesday 14th January 2019, 7.30* at The Beacon Café, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX Soil feeds us, our animals and our wildlife – put simply, we cannot live without it. What’s more, soil is a huge carbon store. UK soils hold… Read more

  • 2020 – time for climate action!

    30 December 2019 by

    Our climate is changing –  let’s DO SOMETHING about it! Let’s talk about it, swap ideas, opinions Come to our Ideas Meeting, from 7.30 pm, Wed January 8th in the Vale Room

  • Spare a thought for the Australians

    25 December 2019 by

    Australia has always had bushfires, but never like this year. The record breaking drought has meant huge fires burning for months, and they are where people live, around Sydney, Adelaide, Perth etc. not in sparsely populated farmland. New South Wales fire service estimates 13,000 square miles has burned so far in this year’s fire season… Read more

  • Do something for the environment at Christmas.

    23 December 2019 by

    We threw away 5 Million tons of edible food in England last year, and given people’s tendency to over cater at Christmas we could throw away more than average in the next week! But we don’t want to wrap up the surplus in single use plastic or clingfilm. How about doing it the old-fashioned way,… Read more

  • Oxford City Council respond to Autumn Citizens' Assembly

    20 December 2019 by

    The City Council have published their response to the Autumn Citizen’s Assembly, with actions including: £1 million of additional operational funding and £18 million of capital investment to the climate emergency A zero carbon building system across 8 sectors Implementation of 400 electric vehicle charging points Providing extra cycle parking in the city and working… Read more

  • OCC now opposes the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway!

    17 December 2019 by

    Good News for the Environment at last Oxford County Council (OCC) now OPPOSE the building of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, provided the East West Rail Link DOES go ahead! This is a complete about face. They say they “will work with Highways England on the development of the Vision for the English Economic Heartland… Read more

  • Meatless Monday?

    16 December 2019 by

    Am I too late to suggest you try a Meatless Monday this week? What do you think of the idea? I’m going to try it, and I want to try to keep to it every Monday. Why am I doing it? Because I finally got round to watching the BBC documentary “Meat – a Threat… Read more

  • Victoria Falls has dried up!

    10 December 2019 by

    Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century It is not unusual for Victoria Falls – on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe – to run low on water during the dry season. This year, however, water flow is at its lowest level for a quarter of a century. The Zambian… Read more

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