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Child Poverty: A threat to childhood

Poverty: "Damaged Child", Oklahoma City, OK, USA, 1936 - Photo Credit: Flickr Children living in poverty are denied a good start in life —if any start at all. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) acknowledged this in December 2006, when it said that: “…while a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human being, it is most threatening a...
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Feminization of Poverty

Women selling groundnuts in Selima District, Malawi - Photo Credit: Wikipedia As defined by Madeiros and Costa (2008), “the feminization of poverty is a change in poverty levels that is biased against women or female-headed households” . In other words, it is a current phenomenon in which the gap between women and men in poverty is constantly widen...
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Signs of Malnutrition

A young girl is checked for signs of malnutrition in Sindh, Pakistan. April 2012 - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Although largely considered synonyms, there is a marked distinction between signs and symptoms. A symptom is a subjective term used to define the changes felt by patients as consequence of a disease. A sign is an objective term becau...
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Malnutrition Symptoms

Starved woman in Africa - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Malnutrition occurs when there is an imbalance in an individual's dietary intake as a result of under-nutrition or over-nutrition. Disregarding the type, malnutrition is a serious health hazard, as it affects the proper functioning of the cells, tissues and organs, thus compromising bodily func...
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Poverty Threshold

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Poverty is defined by Erenstein et al (2002) as " the failure to meet the minimum adequate level required to satisfy certain vital functions".  This poverty definition goes beyond the basic needs a household has to meet in order to survive —it acknowledges the social nature of man and what he needs to feel tru...
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Effects of Climate Change in The Future

Arctic sea ice melting: the lighter blue areas are ponds, while the darker ones are open sea - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Despite the fact that global warming and climate change are not the same, people out of the global scientific community often use both terms interchangeably. This is often employed as an awareness strategy by mass media outlets, as...
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Poverty Alleviation: A Dynamic Approach

The understanding of the following two things is vital in poverty alleviation: 1) There is no one who understands poverty better than the poor 2) National economic growth is not equal to inclusive economic growth. The relevance of these affirmations lies in that oftentimes, ineffective policies have been implemented when battling poverty because po...
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Characteristics of Poverty

Labourers in a rural area of Hyderabad - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Poverty adopts many faces, depending on where the poor are located and how long they have been on the negative side of the poverty line, as well as the cause behind their status and the level of poverty they experience. The differences between those facets help in the design of polici...
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Malnutrition Definition

Malnutrition —also called malnourishment— is ingrained in the collective psyche in the shape of a tiny child with protruding ribs and a bloated belly. But while acute starvation is a facet of malnutrition, the reach of this issue goes well beyond the people who have nothing to eat. This affirmation is supported by the malnutrition definition provid...
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Types of Poverty

  Just like it would be preposterous to ascribe all instances of poverty across the world to a single cause, there is a component of absurdity in considering all poverty as the same. Poverty , what causes it and how it is experienced is something specific to each person living below the poverty line. This makes the issue a spectrum that must b...
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Global Warming and Climate Change

A press release from the World Meteorological Organization describes the global average temperature in 2015 as “likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era”. The WMO also states that the years spanning 2011-2015 are bound to be the warmest five years in history an...
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Relative Poverty

Urban decay in Camden, New Jersey. One of the poorest cities in the US - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Iceland (2013) defines relative poverty as a “comparative economic deprivation” and says that “it is based on the notion that poverty is relative to a society’s existing level of economic, social and cultural development” . Iceland then converges with P...
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Absolute Poverty Definition and Threshold

The Mathare Valley Slum in Kenya - Photo Credit: Wikipedia As defined in the Declaration of Copenhagen : “ absolute poverty is a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also on access ...
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I encourage you to join!

Carandre Richmondvale Academy takes concrete action to make our small island safe for all life here and a model for the world.
For 3.5 billion years the climate on earth has supported life allowing species to diversify and flourish. In the last 10 000 years this unusually stable climate has allowed the rise of civilization and provided a home to seven billion people but the climate systems we depend on are becoming unstable. The atmosphere is warming at an alarming ra...
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How I learned to live and love my life

Judith I decided to enroll at Richmond Vale Academy in Saint Vincent and study to be a Development Instructor for 6 months.
                    I was born in 1980 on the countryside of Hungary, which definitely has determined my whole life. Since I was born I was always close to nature and animals. Our family house has its own backyard garden, which makes my family to be almost self-sufficient. I always loved the country...
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Climate Compliance Conference Pioneer

Activismo-ecologico Through 6 months, I didn’t think I made a big change. But when I look back as a Gaia team, I can see that we achieved a lot as a team.
STUDENT STORY FROM SEULBEE - THE FIRST GAIA TEAM! Before my coming here, I was just a freshman of the university in my country. I always wanted to do something helpful for others in my life. And I found a good chance to make changes in Saint Vincent and Grenadines. Through 6 months, I didn’t think I made a big change. But when I look back as a Gaia...
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Exxon Denying Climate Change

Exxon knew about climate change Exxon replaced the Esso, Enco and Humble oil companies in 1973, but its history goes back to 1859, where Standard Oil of New Jersey was founded. Exxon and later ExxonMobil has since grown to become the largest and most powerful oil company in the world, with a value of 360 billion USD, nearly 20 times that of Mozambi...
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So much to share - So much to learn

Helene-Veldt I love how all the students here even with our differences we still get a long and I am grateful for the different personalities I have met.
My passion is to travel and help people. I finished high school last year and I was not sure of what to study and I wanted follow my passion before I made a decision on what to study, also I wanted to gain some experience. My decision of joining Richmond Vale Academy, Climate Conference was a perfect first step out of school. I can honestly say tha...
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Can organic farming feed the world?

The agribusiness and industrial farmers have for years expressed that organic farming is unprofitable, maybe OK as a tiny niche for those who are willing to pay high prices, but certainly not anything that would ever feed the world. The view of agribusiness is probably not changing much, since they earn their money on selling their products to indu...
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Once in a Lifetime

Martin with the kids The project I participated in was Child Aid Celica.
Six months in Ecuador - Once in a lifetime experience! The second part of my program as a volunteer was one of the best things that could come to my life. It literally changed my life in many aspects, it helped me to understand many issues related to poverty. The period in Ecuador lasted six months from October 2013 until end of March 2014. The opp...
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