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Tree of the Week: The Coconut (Cocos nucifera)

When one thinks of the Caribbean it is almost certain that the coconut will flitter into the imagination in one way or another. It could be easily argued that it is one of the most prominent symbols of island culture and for good reason. Since its introduction to the West Indies it has deeply embedded itself into the lives of those who live here. T...
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“Voice, Opinion, Idea, Decision”

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We all have the right to speak, but it’s not everyone’s personality to voice out, especially in front of a group. The more audience there is, the higher chance we will receive critique. Therefore some people opt to keep their voice in their mind instead of saying it out loud. It often happens in social media, or a company meeting with your boss, an...
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Tree of the Week: Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis)

breadfruit-tree-trimming-oahu Aside from the fruit, the wood itself is also useful. The tree is very hardy and the wood makes good lumber.
The breadfruit tree has an exceptional significance in Saint Vincent because of the peculiar story behind its introduction to the Caribbean. It began in 1787 when the English Captain William Bligh and his ship, the Bounty, set sail for Tahiti in the South Pacific. Their mission was to collect breadfruit which England hoped would be a successful cro...
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The damage after Storm Matthews

By Lily In St. Vincent there was a tropical storm not too long ago and the damage has been severe with landslides, power cuts and water shortages in several villages. So, from 28-29 September, St. Vincent experienced heavy rainfall. And extreme wind from the tropical Storm Matthews . T hat affected the whole eastern Caribbean. The whole island ther...
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The Beginning of the Nursery

Moringa-Nursery Our Moringa nursery
10,000 trees, that's our goal. The November Climate Compliance Team aims for propagating 10,000 trees—in the nursery that we are building—and for planting at least 3,000 trees ourselves, hopefully even more! There are a variety of trees on our list. For example, coconut, papaya, pandanus, avocado, soursop, etc. Regarding the last flood caused by th...
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Our Backyard: The Spectacular La Soufrière Volcano

Rainbow-web In the Richmond Vale Academy, you can enjoy this beautiful view while you learn about climate change and global warming.
Can you imagine getting up from your bed, going to the patio and having a view of a volcano? We present to you our backyard in Richmond Vale Academy : La Soufrière volcano. La Soufrière Volcano - Our Backyard One of St. Vincent's most dramatic vistas is a volcanic mountain situated in the rugged north. La Soufrière, often shrouded in cloud, waits f...
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Tree of the Week: Mango (Mangifera indica)

Mango-web Planting mango is great for improving soil health and reducing erosion.
Juicy, sweet, yummy! Mango is a treat to people all over the world and Vincentians are no different. One good friend to Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) told us about how, when he was a boy, he and his friends would get out of school and race down to the nearest mango tree to collect the good fruit before it was gone. When it is in season here in Saint ...
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The Fair of Flair in Chateaubelair and "Ecotourism"

Fair-of-flair The Fair of Flair in Chateaubelair.
Traveling has been vastly popular for centuries now. No doubt about it. However now with climate change and global warming as a hot topic people are becoming more and more aware of the impact their travel habits can have on the place they visit. And now is the start of the term Ecotourism . It is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves t...
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The Mayan food in Belize

The Team In Belize we lived in a Mayan community. We lived very close to a family so we had many opportunities to eat different dishes from the Mayan cuisine.
by Manal When I was working as a development instructor in Belize , I was very lucky to get the chance to experience the Mayan cuisine .  In Belize we lived in a Mayan community. We lived very close to a family so we had many opportunities to eat different dishes from the Mayan cuisine. If I want to be talking about Maya food. Then I will be o...
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Preparing for Richmond Vale Academy

RVA-Overview The application had been submitted, the preliminary tasks toward enrollment had begun.
By Sara Averbeck "The November Climate Compliance Team taking a different kind of path together" The application had been submitted, the preliminary tasks toward enrollment had begun. Once I felt sure enough about my decision to attend Richmond Vale Academy  (RVA). I started to tell my friends and family about it. In one form or another they a...
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Making seedlings of our own organic seeds

seedling Our organic garden at Richmond Vale Academy consists of four green houses
By Sebastian Lopez Our organic garden at Richmond Vale Academy consists of four green houses. One of them is dedicated exclusively to producing our own seeds. Being able to produce your own seeds is challenging, but is a very critical point to be sustainable. It is not only providing the perfect conditions for the plants, but also dealing with unex...
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Inspirational Hiking Quotes to get you out there

Birds-Sea You should take advantage of your next vacation to get in touch with nature.
Richmond Vale Diving and Hiking Center Few recreation activities offer as much benefit in return for as little as hiking does. Hiking is a basic mountaineering modality, it does not need heavy backpacks with expensive equipment, nor climbing steep slopes nor knowing complicated techniques of knots or risky climbing maneuvers. Hiking allow...
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Humanure: Using human waste as fertilizer

“The world is divided into two categories of people: those who shit in their drinking water supplies and those who don't.” – Joe Jenkins, Author of Humanure Handbook . As the war for resources wage on let's take a moment to discuss a resource that we throw away every single day: human manure. "Humanure (human manure) is the human fecal material and...
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Schedules November Climate Team

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Climate change is the greatest environmental threat facing humanity. Constant and disproportionate emissions of gases by industrialized countries, among other abuses of natural resources, are causing major changes in global climate. Its consequences affect mainly the developing countries and result in floods, drought, hurricanes and all kinds of na...
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Do you know about the damage caused by ExxonMobil?

ExxonMobil is the largest oil corporation in the world. It emerged as the Standard Oil Company in 1889. It is currently the result of the merger in 2000 of the Esso and Mobil corporations. Today operates in different regions under one of these names or as ExxonMobil. Its activities span more than 40 countries. Include the exploitation, processing a...
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This is all the scuba gear you need!

skuba-web Learning to dive to observe all the mysteries that lures underwater can be a magical experience.
Scuba Diving is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. A relaxing hobby in which you will experience different experiences. In each dive you will observe and learn new things while having the opportunity to make new friends. So, the relaxing atmosph ere offered by the sea and the snorkeling activity itself are probably the main reasons fo...
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After our Service Period in Belize - FWTP Team October 2015

Open-day There is nothing better than combining fun with helping the planet and its people.
Last 6 months in our Service Period By Lillian Hallmark After returning to the Academy  after our service period we have several things to get in order. We are back to the communal living, common action and food production. However it's not all.  We are also in the process on making our own product. Which we will share with others wh...
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Starting an Organic Garden in Belize

Anna-starting-an-organic-farm We were encouraging the families we were working with to have organic backyard gardens for economic and nutritional reasons.
By Baha Alzain We arrived to the place that will be our home for the next five months, Silver Creek , a village in Toledo, the southern most district in Belize . As part of our duties as development instructors.  We were encouraging the families we were working with to have organic backyard gardens for economic and nutritional reasons. In orde...
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Special project in Belize

Development Instructor in Belize The children were very happy about the project and we received many thank you letters regarding the playground.
During the project in Belize and  Ecuador, the Development Instructors have the chance to leave their mark on the village and the people with a special project. The special project can be anything that is benefiting the village and not just each family. Among the three development instructors in Belize 2016 we had several good ideas, we w...
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3000 New trees to be planted - Movie

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the world’s most disaster prone countries. During the past few years hurricanes and floods have affected St Vincent. Hundreds of people lost their homes, jobs and loved ones. Major damages to bridges, roads and buildings have been caused. Thousands of trees and many acres of agricultural soil have been lost....
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