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Third Industrial Revolution: The Digital Revolution

Photo Credit: Wikipedia The third Industrial Revolution —or Digital Revolution— refers to the shift from mechanical and analogue electronic technology to the digital electronics we use today. In the last four decades, the use of digital computers has become commonplace and the appearance of the Internet connected the world. If anything, the third I...
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Effects of Poverty on Behavior and Academic Performance

The effects of poverty on behavior and academic performance can be insidious and devastating. - Photo Credit: Wikipedia People have long argued that the way out of poverty is to provide the poor with the economic means to overcome their situation. However, this solution is rooted on a very simplistic view of a problem with multiple complex causes. ...
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How to make a Biogas - Movie

Pats-biogas-plant We have started our transition to carbon neutral energy by constructing a small biogas plant, a system which transforms household waste into usable methane.
With ever-growing energy needs in the world, we strive to leave as small a carbon footprint on the Earth as we can. Living in a boarding school which can house up to 75 people at one time, we came to appreciate how every small electrical device contributes to our collective energy spending. In becoming a climate compliant community we are currently...
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Emergency Relief

emergency-web Altogether we have put in 600 volunteer hours in the weeks immediately following the disaster.
I once again express our appreciation to you and your volunteers for your significant contribution to our pipeline reconstruction efforts in North Leeward. Garth Saunders Head of CWSA/SWMU As a student in the conference you need to be prepared to do whatever is needed when disaster strikes. We are in the world’s most disaster prone area and we will...
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Food and Water

At Richmond Vale Academy we aim to produce as much of our own food as possible. This way we can always be sure that our fruits and vegetables are fresh, free of pollutants and grown with love!
We have an organic garden where we hold lessons for interested farmers and youngsters. Everyone at the academy ar...
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Public Awareness - Movie

Proyectos-educativos Several Radio and TV stations have aired programs about the reasons for climate change.
Since the start of the Climate Compliance Conference, a big focus has been placed on environmental education. This type of education opens a whole new door of thinking and facilitates questions such as, what is Global Warming and Climate Change, how can we the people get involved, and what are the solutions to dealing with important contemporary is...
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Farming in St. Vincent means Tearing Up the Environment

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I went on an investigation with my team to learn about the farming in St. Vincent. We visited many people and gathered heaps of interesting information about agriculture, history, permaculture and people. When it comes to St. Vincent, I would argue that agriculture is the single most important industry in the country. However, it doesn't get much a...
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Research and Studies

Class-good During the six months program of the Climate Compliance Conference we study and research, teachers give courses, and guest speakers are invited
The global temperature is rising and the climate is changing, this we know is incontrovertible. There are, however, many things which we still don’t know and we admit to it freely. That’s why here, at Richmond Vale Academy, everybody strives to learn something new all the time, furthering our understanding of sciences, biology and sociology. We tre...
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Stopping Pollution

stop-polution The students arranged 5 lessons in every primary and secondary school of the 8 villages from Fitz Hughes to Spring Village
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American Proverb Although it’s not easily seen, we have a huge global problem with trash. Humans produce incredible amounts of trash, and only a fraction of it is recycled. It is not uncommon for the wealthy countries to export their waste to be stored in the poo...
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Planting Trees

Moringa-web We have planted the trees in 20 of the poorest communities
If every university on Earth was destroyed we would lose nothing. If we lose the forests, we will have lost everything Bill Mollison In St. Vincent We Plant Trees! Tree planting actions and awareness campaigns are an important part of RVA’s curriculum. We partner with many different stakeholders in order to plant the most beneficial trees in severa...
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In a program full of outstanding experiences

Ammon When I first arrived here, I wasn't very sure of what this meant. However, after a while you realize that the community lifestyle is the pillar of the school.
I have lived at Richmond Vale Academy, on the Island of Saint Vincent, for about three and a half months. Myself and two other people started the Fighting Poverty program at the beginning of April 2016. The program lasts 18 months and is full of outstanding experiences. These range from a week-long Agricultural Investigation, to planting trees, to ...
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Greenland's Melting Rate Has Tripled

What happens if the world warms up by 2°C? That seems to be the trillion dollar question everyone is asking. However, much smaller increments in temperature have already caused mayhem, as shown by Greenland this year. Photo Credit: Flickr Greenland's melt rates have increased over the years, but recent research shows that they might be faster than ...
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Second Industrial Revolution: The Technological Revolution

The Second Industrial Revolution was another great leap forward in technology and society. New innovations in steel production, petroleum and electricity led to the introduction of public automobiles and airplanes. You wanna know how everything began? Let's see The Second Industrial Revolution, which began in the middle of 19th century (1850-1...
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Learning the Language of Horses

Horseclass-web Learning the language of horses was very similar to learning any other language, like Portuguese or English
Johnny's Journey I want to thank you for the opportunity of learning the language of horses. My experience with horses was an amazing one. It was full of knowledge, patience, control and observation. It was thrilling from the start, because it is about connecting — in a deep and very spiritual way— with another form of life. Learning the language o...
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The 12 Permaculture Principles

our-garden 12 permaculture principles were developed to guide new and old practitioners.
Photo Credit: Geograph.uk Permaculture is human's way of acknowledging the wiseness of Mother Nature. It consists in simulating the natural processes of ecosystems in controlled environments to make the latter self-sustaining. Over the years permaculture has revolutionized how people see, use and interact with nature. It is truly a culture; and fea...
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The Dummies' Guide to Industrial Revolution

We live in the era of change. Every year, we discover and invent new, marvelous things in every possible field. We have developed new fabrics, new agriculture techniques, means of travel, medical procedures and so on and so forth. It seems like we can improve everything, and if not, we create something anew! What a brilliant time to be alive. But i...
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What Africa's Drought Responses Are Teaching Us

Some parts of the world have been able to undergo climate change with relatively little damage. Others, such as the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia, are already feelings its full-blown effects. Namibia and Botswana are two of the many countries in the arid regions of Asia and Africa that are facing the full-blown effects of climate change. The...
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List of Developing Countries in 2016

Developing countries is an umbrella term —with no universal definition— for low and middle-income countries with lower industrialization and human development rates than other —developed— countries. The term developing countries is problematic because it disregards the heterogeneous nature of the global community. Due to widespread acceptace of the...
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Tanzania's Maasai Facing Impacts of Climate Change

Photo Credit: Wikipedia As temperatures continue to rise all over the world and flooding becomes commonplace in certain areas, the human race is already facing the impacts of climate change . The Maasai people of Tanzania, a nomadic cattle herder tribe who has lived in the country since the XV century, is being pushed to the brink of survival. Whil...
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Study Quantifies Climate-Change-Related Deaths

For many, the present and future implications of climate change go unnoticed. Many climate change deniers and other members of the global community still cannot grasp the consequences this issue can entail for them, mainly because they are largely presented using indirect impact measures. Rising average temperatures over land and ocean may make peo...
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