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Grey Water System

Grey water system in Richmond vale academy. The greywater is water that comes from the showers, laundry and kitchen. Basically is the water that contains inorganic particles like soap, oil and some synthetic compounds. This water once is used for differents purposes it is thrown to sewage systems or waterbody like rivers, lagoons and seas. These actions are very harmful for the nearby gray water effluent ecosystems and the environment. Having in account the facts that have been happening through the years (soil and water pollution, loss of biodiversity and climate change) it is necessary take action about this situation that affects the whole planet. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"] How a Grey Water System in your house works Recycling water In Richmond Vale Academy we are building a greywater recycling system in which we are taking the water from the laundry and six showers, we estimate recycle about 1000 liters of water per day. For design and built this system, is necessary to consider the type of contaminants, the amount of water, available materials and the use to which it wants to give the treated water. The latter consideration is very important due to this kind of water can’t be used for human consumption, where is include drinking, showers, wash kitchen utensils and cooking. Some benefits that in Richmond Vale Academy we are going to get...
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Local communities taking action against Climate Change

Taking action against climate change Where many governments have been slow to act against climate change, cities and localities where the community has more direct influence on politicians have started to act to limit greenhouse gasses. In July 2015, Pope Francis gathered mayors from big cities around the world, who discussed how they could make cities sustainable such as planting trees, providing public transportation, making room for bicycles, installing solar panels etc. Because local communities for some time have acted on their own, this has started to push national governments towards more action. We see a change where cities and local communities are taking action for climate change. Financial capitalists begin to see the writing on the wall The pressure to move away from fossil fuels is finally having an effect on the financial capitalists, who are the major force behind the capitalist system. The governor of the Bank of England that issues the British currency warned investors in September 2015. He simply said that the vast reserves of fossil fuels could never be burnt and thus investors will end up owning useless oil or coal reserves and making huge financial losses. Goldman Sachs, the leading investment bank in the USA and the ultimate insider whose chief executives go on to become leaders of government agencies and central banks in North America and Europe, announced in...
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Learning From Nature

From the moment we open our eyes for the first time and throughout life we are learning constantly. We are primarily taught and inspired by teachers in school, our parents, friends and others. The specific environment we grow up in also has an impact on who we become, some of us grew up on the countryside, some in the city, some in a village or some , somewhere completely else. Most of us go to school and learn about the world and some of us see the world with our own eyes by travelling when we get older. But with this article I would like to speak about is, for me, the greatest teacher of all; nature. The meaning The word nature can have so many different meanings for each individual; it is really a broad concept. According to Wikipedia nature is “the natural, physical, or material world or universe. Nature can refer to the  phenomena  of the physical world, and also to  life  in general. The study of nature is a large part of  science . Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.” I found it very interesting that we often define nature as something explicit, something that is outside ourselves, instead of including it in what we are. Nature is life. Nature...
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Food Production

[caption id="attachment_253" align="aligncenter" width="623"] Food Production Time - Garden With soaring food costs, one billion people going hungry every day, fast food and junk food causing malnutrition, obesity and health problems, food production based on fossil fuels contributing to global warming and climate change – with all these problems and more, the question of how to produce and supply healthy food for all is a burning issue of our time. [caption id="attachment_252" align="aligncenter" width="467"] Permaculture in our Greenhouses At RVA, you will be involved in food production on several levels and from different perspectives. You will study the issues globally and locally, getting the facts and investigating the consequences for ordinary people. Why are the people of St. Vincent, with their seemingly perfect conditions for farming, far from selfsufficient with food? What does it mean when giant corporations control food production with profit as their only goal? You will work in the academy’s garden farm, growing organic vegetables and fruits for own consumption, raising animals for meat, and growing lime, passion fruit and bananas for sale. [caption id="attachment_255" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Setting Seedlings You will learn how to plan and start garden farms as an important action when fighting with The Poor in Central or Latin America, and how to solve obstacles such as getting water for irrigation, making compost from local waste materials, and fighting pests without...
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Climate Change in St. Vincent

[caption id="attachment_4178" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Infrastructural damage in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines town of Georgetown, following the Christmas Eve 2013 storm. Photo Credit: trust.org In a lot of developed countries, and especially those in temperate climates, it is easy to think of climate change as something that is going to happen. A threat that will influence the lives of our children or grandchildren. However, in a lot of places people are already experiencing a lot of the negative effects of global warming . Particularly developing countries around the equator are seeing the impact and if you happen to live in a small island state you are facing an even higher risk. St. Vincent & the Grenadines , unfortunately, fits perfectly into all these categories. At  Richmon d Vale Academy we went out into the local communities to observe and talk to people about their experience with living in a place that is changing rapidly. Not all of the people we met were familiar with the concepts of Global Warming or Climate Change  but everyone could tell that their country was acting differently than it used to.       The consequences of Global Warming and Climate Change in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Rising sea levels. As glaciers and icecaps are melting the sea level is rising. A group of older Vincentians we met told us...
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Fitness

[caption id="attachment_249" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Training for the soccer match Whatever your fitness level is when you arrive at Richmond Vale Academy, you can look forward to improving your health, strength and stamina and getting fit for fighting poverty and global warming, by enjoying sports and exercise of many different kinds, individually and with your teammates. Most participants try out their limits on this adventure trip, building both stamina, confidence and comradeship.                                      Swimming, Ball Sports, Running, Hiking , Yoga , Insanity , are among the chosen sports. Fitness Center                                               Towards the end of 2010, the teachers decided to build a fitness center for everyone living at RVA. During 2011 we made several actions and building weekends together and finished the center in August 2011. We completed new bathrooms, showers, built a big terrace, made new floors and painted the corridors. We imported used fitness equipment from USA that includes yoga mats, yoga balls, hand weights and a small variety of fitness machines.
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No drugs No Alcohol

The frames of the school In order to ensure the best possible conditions for the programs at Richmond Vale Academy, the Teacher Council has from the start set frames regarding alcohol and drug use while in the program: 1.Nobody who participates in a course can take alcohol while carrying out the program. This also applies when traveling to or from home travel. 2.Nobody who participates in a course can be involved with euphoriant or narcotic substances. This applies whether you are at school, traveling, on home travel, or in Central or Latin America during travel and work periods. In short, it applies all the time. 3.Former drug users must have been free of heavy drugs for a minimum of 18 months before the course starts. * A participant who does not comply with the drug and alcohol frame is no longer on the course. * The main arguments for this decision are: Re. 1) and 2) Learning about and investigating the present-day reality is both physically and mentally demanding, and so is taking action as a consequence hereof. Drugs and alcohol will be a hindrance to the implementation of the program and an impediment to the social life and comradeship between people during the course. Moreover, the program takes place in countries with severe punishments for possession of drugs, and the projects where you will work in Central or...
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About Us

R ichmond Vale Academy  is a non profit institution in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More than 500 students from St. Vincent and around the world have participated in shorter and longer courses to reduce poverty and protect the environment since 2002. Richmond Vale Academy is an educational institution with the aim to train activists from all over the world to fight global warming and global poverty shoulder to shoulder with the poor. The Academy currently runs two main programs: 1. The Climate Compliance Conference , which is host of the Climate Change Activists  where new students join for one or six months at the time and take part in a 10 year project to spearhead that people in St. Vincent adapt to the challenges of Global Warming and Climate Change. 2. The Fighting Poverty Program , students join an 18 months program in cooperation with One World University. Students earn an A or B-certificate in "Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with The Poor" as Distance Learners . Students spend 6 months Service Period at a Humana People to People project in Ecuador or Belize. We also run a smaller horse training program and offer 2-4 week courses to school groups that learn about and experience St. Vincent. How Richmond Vale Academy was started The Academy was built in the 80's as a Vocational School for Vincentians...
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Meet the Students

Casey, age 24 from Hong Kong “Living in a big city life I’ve seen how wasteful we are and how we are so bound by this dependent way of living. I’m looking forward to learning at RVA to make a change personally and to bringing it back to my community.”   Sara, age 27 from U.S.A. “I came to RVA because I really wanted to travel and try something new. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to participate in positive and meaningful change. Some of the things that I enjoy are hiking and camping, reading, animals and live music.” Sam, age 24 from England “I have travelled from the U.K. in order to pursue my passion in gaining knowledge about the environment. My interests lie in the outdoors, hiking, climbing, slacklining, and diving.” Lilith, age 21 from Germany “I came to RVA to learn more about gardening and global climate change and to take that knowledge back home with me to pass it on to other people.” Kwakou, age 19 from U.S.A. “I’m from Washington D.C. and I’ve decided to come to RVA because I want to learn more about being self-sufficient and making a positive impact on my environment. My ultimate goal in life is to be a drive for improvement in today’s society. When I look around I don’t see enough...
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Life at Richmond Vale Academy