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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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I became a proactive person

Ricardo Luiz de Assis Richmond Vale Academy was an excellent opportunity for me to grow as a person, professionally and emotionally.
I was at Richmond Vale Academy for almost 2 years. (end of 2007 until feb 2009). That was to say the least, the best experience of my life. When I arrived I came across a academy with people of different nationalities and different languages. At the beginning I found it very challenging, since the participants themselves managed the academy routine...
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Seeds Workshop

Seeds Workshop Do you know why it’s really important to save seeds? Let’s hear a little bit of history…
Living at RVA, I became the master of the seeds, thanks to Tessa’s dedication to teach me all about them! And I’m so happy about it!!! Seeds are fantastic! These little dry insignificant beads can give life to your lettuce, tomatoes or even mango tree!!! Can you imagine? Because building gardens for people is nice, but not sufficient to keep them a...
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Capitalism and Slavery

Map The West Indian islands became the hub of the British Empire of immense importance to the grandeur and prosperity of England.
British Commerce and the Triangular Trade According to Adam Smith, the discovery of America and the Cape route to India are “the two greatest and most important events recorded in the history of mankind”. The importance of the discovery of America lay not in the precious metals it provided but in the new and inexhaustible market it afforded for Eur...
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Dear new Climate Activists!

Edit from Hungary I wish you a very successful 6 months in St Vincent and I ask you to make us proud!
First of all welcome to the fabulous St Vincent and welcome to the famous Richmond Vale Academy!! I hope you had a good journey to the Caribbean I am Edit from Hungary. I have just returned to Europe to start my own permaculture and self-sustainable farm in my country - before I was a teacher in the climate program. I can say I returned with much s...
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The Slaves and Slavery

painting The slaves, however, were not prepared to wait for freedom to come to them as a dispensation from above.
We have considered the different attitudes to slavery of the British Government, the British capitalists, the absentee British West Indian planters, and the British humanitarians. We have followed the battle of slavery in the home country. It would be a grave mistake, however, to treat the question as if it were merely a metropolitan struggle. The ...
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Organic Gardening at RVA

Organic Farming at RVA As part of our program, my team is building an organic Permaculture Fruit Forest just behind the kitchen.
In the past 2 months, I have started to work on several projects on the Island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Working in the organic garden is one of my favourite tasks. I never thought I would like working outside in the heat digging and getting my hands dirty so much! Let’s be honest, I had been running from it for a long time! Growing up o...
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The first weeks of community living

The School We all have tasks and areas of responsibilities in order to keep the school clean and running!
Here I am, it’s been about 3 weeks since I landed in Paradise! And it’s about time to let you know what I’ve been up to! Let me introduce you to the team of climate change activists I’ll be sharing my experience with. There’s Conor from London, Meg and Sabrina from California, Vicky my roomie, Jost and Simon from Germany, and our cool teacher Jespe...
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Building a Home garden

Building a Home Garden Can’t wait to see all the plants in full fruit!!!!
There we are, deep into the program, ready to go and make a difference in the community! The next part of our program consists in making St Vincent climate change ready. To do so, the plan is to help locals become independent from imports and more self-reliant. A very big problem in countries that are more often touched by strong weather patterns i...
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Weekend in Owia

Weekend in Owia We camped there and enjoyed the sunrise on the rocks and waves! Yet another beautiful moment in Saint Vincent!
Last week, as part of our climate change study program, we went on a field trip to Orange Hill and Owia. It takes about 3 and a half hours from Richmond to Owia, so to make the most of the trip we decided to camp in Owia! What an adventure! We were almost on time to leave… 8:30 instead of 8, not so bad!!! We drive down the road to the main road and...
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What does a Sunday morning look like in Saint Vincent?

Sunday Morning
A fresh breeze lifts the curtains, birds are singing, the night crickets just went quiet, the rooster is waking us up… Today is Sunday, no worries, the sun is rising on the other side of the volcano, and the sea takes a pink color before giving in to the blue skies of the Caribbean… Oh, wait, is that rain I’m hearing… “Well, you live on this green ...
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The “Everything Vincy” fairs and “Guests are always welcome”

David The Everything Vincy fairs consist of vendors from all over the islands, who exhibit their products from oils, jams, clothes, bags, embroidery, jewelry and much more.
At Richmond Vale Academy we receive around 1000 guests a year from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, other Caribbean islands and even farther away from USA, UK, Ecuador, Mexico and other countries.  Even sailing groups come because they heard about this school at the foot of the volcano, which is an opportunity they cannot pass away. We have an ...
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Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Farming

Carbon Cycle Agroforestry is a critically important solution to climate change.
The carbon cycle is a set of chemical and biological reactions and physical processes that move carbon throughout the planet, from the air, to the oceans, to rocks from plants, to animals, to microorganisms, and back to the air. There are many pathways by which carbon can move from one form to another, regulated by various natural processes and mec...
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New approach in times of lockdown

Home Garden We are showing that development can be done in many different ways.
In an earlier blog I told about how we went into a community visiting some of the home gardens owners with whom we have worked with in the past 3 years. We gave them some plants and seeds. The action was great – the community felt our support, we demonstrated a good spirit and the importance of togetherness, and we were able to prepare the farmers ...
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Rap and Movie for Vincy Gold Medal Winnners!

Austin Austin with some of the school children
The TreeLympics went on for two years respectively 2014 and 2015 where St. Vincent and the Grenadines won Gold for being the most Active Country. Being a small country SVG won the third category in this competition: to plant with the highest percentage of participating schools. During those years planting with more than 100 schools and communi...
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Permaculture as one of the answers to the upcoming crises

Model Farm The primary purpose of the model farm was to demonstrate an educational tool for Vincentians and foreigners alike.
I have worked with Permaculture for a couple of years along side Luke Punett and one day I decided to do the actual Design course to become an instructor myself. I signed in on an online permaculture design course with Geoff Walton and the Australian Permaculture Institute. The course lasted 14 months and was based on the permaculture design manual...
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Sea level rise - What to expect

Sea-level-rise There is one critical difference between nature and people: we make conscious decisions about what we do. 
Sea Level Rise is accelerating in response to climate change and is producing significant impacts already being felt by coastal ecosystems and communities. Sea level rise (SLR) is the sum of oceanic thermal expansion, ice melt from glaciers and small ice sheets, melt and ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica, and changes in terrestrial water stora...
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From Ridge to Reef — the Circle of Our Island Life

Maeva-S-Garden By growing food that is healthy for the soil, we actually protect the reefs, which in turn protect us from storm surges.
Everyone in the world depends completely on the Earth’s ecosystems and the services they provide such as food, water, disease management, climate regulation, spiritual fulfillment, and aesthetic beauty. Over the past 60 years, humans have changed these ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history, l...
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Pest Control for Organic Gardeners

Exam Changing our food production habits is indispensable for our health and for the future of our children.
"My mom made bread from scratch, we got the fish straight out of the sea, and food directly from the land, and there were no chemicals! Now everything in the supermarket is processed. We local people think that it is normal to put chemicals on our land because we have been influenced by Europeans and Americans!  Let's change this! Grow Yo...
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