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Gratitude is confidence in life itself

Michelle van Ardennen With this blog I want to thank Stina who gave me all these wonderful lessons and made a lot of beautiful photos and videos.
My time at Richmond Vale Academy has come to an end. When I just arrived I was very proud at myself because I’m not a traveler at all. When I’m at home I rather stay close to the people and animals I love. I saw Stina’s videos on YouTube about two years ago. She was dancing and communicating with her horses in a way I really liked, she inspired me....
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Grace happens when we act with others on behalf of our world

Horse at RVA After 15 years with horses, I was about to learn how to say hello to a horse and how to lead a horse.
Seven months and two weeks. Traveling is always a big education and has the power to change you as a person if you let it, at least from what I have experienced. However, staying in a place together with people­ who want to change the world, learn about yourself through horses at the same time as you live a simple community life in nature with ever...
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Finding my Heart

One of the horses and me at RVA They have truly healed and opened my heart, led me back to myself.
When I came to RVA, I had no belief and no confidence in myself. Everything I did came with thoughts that said I wasn’t good enough, I’m doing it wrong, I’m not worthy and I can’t do it. I was stuck in a blame- guilt- pain cycle and couldn’t find my way out. I was trapped inside myself, in my trauma and fears. The walls I put up for protection had ...
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Cleaner Air, Higher Ozone?

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Studying the environment is difficult because we often can’t isolate the world from all of the factors that make it up. For example, it’s difficult to measure the effects of air quality on populations of the world because conditions are so varied. Many underdeveloped countries have poor air quality, but also have populations for which smoking is a ...
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The Largest Humanitarian Crisis in the World - Yemen

Children in Yemen The poor people such as the Yemenites need our attention and support more than ever.
Yemen, being the poorest Arab nation, is suffering the world’s worst humanitarian, man-made crisis with more than 24 million people - an astounding 80% of the population - in need of humanitarian assistance due to famine, disease and war, including 12 million children. The background to the crisis in Yemen began from the Arab Spring of 2011, when a...
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Our survival is totally dependent on us perceiving ourselves as one single family

November Team at Richmondvale We start a 10 Months Fighting With the Poor program in October and a 6 Months Climate Team in November.
We are 7.6 billion in our Family It is getting very clear in these times that our survival is totally dependent on us perceiving ourselves as one single Family. We are 7.6 billion in our Family. We have one home it's a Planet. It's a Planet that has not grown one single inch since its creation. What we have is what we get and that is our home. It w...
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We need a farming revolution as much as we need an ethical revolution

Interview with Danail The ecological farming is beneficial for the population and for the nature.
Interview from the movie in making  “The benefits of making organic gardens and leading a natural life”. Lucie: What happened with the food we are eating and why is organic food production necessary? Danail: The food on the shelves today is produced in unethical manners. Instead of the food we eat being our medicine, it is exactly the opposite...
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Planet Ocean – the movie

Planet Ocean The movie “Planet Ocean” really helps understand the role of the oceans from the smallest plankton to the biggest whale.
Seven billion human beings live on planet Earth. But despite of our vast collective knowledge, the oceans remain a largely unknown territory even though they take up three fourth of our planet. We as humanity rely on the oceans for our very survival. All life started in the ocean. We come from the ocean – 4 billions years ago from the colony of liv...
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What happened to the Duck Army?

Photo Credit: Nature.com Pakistan declared a state of emergency in late February.
At some point in the last few weeks a picture likely flitted across your screen of hundreds of fuzzy brown heads with the words “Duck Army.” The BCC reported that China had proposed to send 100,000 ducks to Pakistan to combat their locust problem. Locust swarms have been a problem for years in Africa and the Middle East. In fact, in 2019, a swarm t...
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AGAINST racism versus ANTI-RACIST

George Floyd George Floyd’s death has highlighted that no country is immune to racism.
In the midst of Covid-19, we are witnessing another devastating pandemic, resulting from the perpetuation of systemic racism and white supremacy. This also occurs worldwide, across international borders and affects large numbers of people. Covid-19 has resulted in many people being confined to their homes, with limited physical social contact; whic...
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