The St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference 2012-2021 is running for 10 years and new climate change activists can start in March, July and November. Students join for 1 month or 6 months at a time.
Since the start in 2012, we have cleaned up 20 ton of trash from rivers and beaches, planted over 30,000 trees, set up 2 model gardens, taught in all schools on the island, produced 20 TV and Radio Programs and taught over 5,000 people face to face.
The Climate Change Activist 6-Month Program is divided into 8 periods as it follows:
Investigating Climate Change (1 Month)
PERIOD 1: GAIA WARNS YOU – 14 days:
Courses about Global Warming, Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, Pollution, The Oceans , Small Island Development States, the Caribbean and what we can do together to adapt to the changing climate in St. Vincent.
PERIOD 2: DIGGING DEEPER – 14 days:
Further studies and research, digging deeper into understanding how climate change has affected St. Vincent, how it will do so in the future and what we can do together to prepare for what’s coming.
During the 1st month of the Climate Change Activist Program, the main focus is on studying and investigating the effects of climate change and global warming, both on a global scale and more specific in St. Vincent.
You will go out and investigate the damages climate change has already brought upon this island. In this period you build the foundation for the projects you will carry out in the next 5 months of the program.
You and your team dig deep into understanding the problems at hand and start planning the ways of working in the coming months.
A Project at the Climate Center (1 Month)
PERIOD 3: MAKING RVA CLIMATE COMPLIANT – 1 month:
Develop the organic farm, implement projects like biogas, water harvesting, develop chicken production or recycling of grey water.
During the second month of the Climate Change Activist Program, you and your team implement projects to make Richmond Vale Academy into a model farm and a model school for St. Vincent.
Your team and you will work with Permaculture principles in the food production, with water conservation, renewable energy, developing food processing systems, organic cleaning products and/or any other projects that can contribute to increase the sustainability of the Richmond Vale Academy.
You and your team also map out how you will contribute in making St. Vincent and the Grenadines into a climate compliant nation.
Projects in Vincentian Communities (4 Months)
The last 4 months of the Climate Change Activist Program are the major part of the program, in which you and your team carry out actions shoulder to shoulder with the people of St. Vincent, to build sustainable systems and preparing everyone for climate change.
You will promote organic and climate smart agriculture techniques, teach in schools, plant trees, develop model gardens, promote recycling and establish trash management systems, start climate clubs with children and adults or spread awareness through the media or face-to-face.
You will also organize a big Climate Event, as an Open House, where you invite hundreds of people to workshops, lectures, exhibitions and training sessions.
PERIOD 4: MAKING ST. VINCENT CLIMATE COMPLIANT – 2 months:
Teach in primary and secondary schools, community centers, businesses, community colleges, medical and technical schools. Create TV and Radio programs and publish articles in the newspapers in St. Vincent. Run GAIA Clubs where children and adults join to learn about sustainable living.
PERIOD 5, 6, 7, 8: OUR NEXT LARGE ENDEAVORS, FOLLOW UPS AND OUR PROUD LEGACY – 2 months:
Some of your lasts tasks as a Climate Change Activist are: produce and distribute the Climate Compliancy Newsletter. Carry out a clean up competition between schools called “The world’s cleanest country“. Build a playground from tires or other kinds of trash that needs to be recycled.
Establishing model garden farms with carbon storage in connection with new GAIA Clubs. Mobilize many people to join the action and end with a great green BBQ.
Finally, evaluate, conclude and hand over your experiences to the next team. Gather writings, reports, photos and videos and then arrange for a day at the Academy and a big farewell.
In 2016 we will start three 1-month Climate Change Activist Programs.
To make the program available also for people who cannot make 6 months free to volunteer, participants can also join the Climate Compliance Conference for a period of 1 Month. When joining a 1-month Climate Compliance program you join in with the activities of the 6-month teams that are in the program.
During the 1-Month program you will get an introduction to many aspects of our work. You will learn about how climate change is affecting the poor and how it is affecting small island developing states. You will learn about the St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference and all the actions that have been done and that are planned for the following years. You will learn the basic principles of Permaculture, organic farming and agro-forestry.
During your time in the program you will be an integrated member of the Richmond Vale Academy community and you will be part of running the school together with everyone else, you will learn how to live in a community and the powers of a collective and sustainable lifestyle, far away from consumerism and society’s temptations.
You will be part of the actions that are being carried out under the umbrella of the St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference 2012-2021. Actions will depend on the time that you join the program but will likely include Beach Clean ups and promoting recycling; Tree Planting efforts with children and adults, Teaching in schools and/or through the media; developing organic farming with farmers in St. Vincent and other activities that promote environmentalism.Doing a Radio Campaign
Every week we are living and learning at the Academy with cooking, cleaning, garden farming, culture nights, meetings and planning, morning assemblies and sports.
Climate Change Activist – Programs Costs