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Building weekend in the mountain

Building Weekend at Richmond Vale
Our Permaculture Teacher, Luke, and his family, own land in the province of Vermont in Saint Vincent. This piece of land is located in the mountain, when you reach the end of the paved road you still need to drive for a couple of kilometers on a very bumpy rocky muddy road. At the end of the path, there is a small shed with a covered deck, ful...
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My experience working with Biogas

My experience working with Biogas
My experience in the biogas project was very interesting because it was the first time I heard about it. I learned a lot about biogas, how to build one and I can see biogas can change people's lives because people can save money by reducing cooking expenses by as much as 80%. Cooking is easier and quicker than cooking with charcoal or firewood, it ...
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The New Climate Compliance Conference Book is out

Climate Compliance Conference Book During these first five years, the CCC has impacted upon the lives of 50.000 people in Saint Vincent and abroad.
Dear Friends! We are happy to share with you the new Climate Compliance Conference Book! From the introduction: Believing that everyone should be given the opportunity to participate, irrespective of their circumstances, the CCC program works with a diverse range of stakeholders ranging across cultural, social and economic boundaries. Participating...
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How to Build a Biogas Plant

BioGas-web One of the advantages of building a biogas plant made out of IBC tanks is the fact that it’s an open source design.
By Alexandra Biogas is a mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen, called also anaerobic digestion. It is produced from biodegradable materials and more than half of the resulting gas is methane. In order to create an anaerobic digestion we started our project with a tank made for the purpose o...
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Chapter 2: St. Vincent from the New Climate Compliance Conference Book

Chapter 2: St. Vincent from the New Climate Compliance Conference Book
Hello again! Enjoy a new chapter from the new Climate Compliance Conference Book. In Chapter 1, we presented to you a little introduction about the Climate Compliance Conference, in chapter 2, we're going to talk about St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Enjoy! Saint vincent and The Grenadines The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, ...
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New Climate Compliance Book

New Climate Compliance Book
We are just about to finish the first Climate Compliance Conference book and we are happy to share the introduction with you; Introduction Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, after years of climate change related effects, was devastated by the severe weather disasters of 2010 and 2011. In response, Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) took decisive action by ...
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RVA launches Pass-It-On Model Garden Project

RVA launches Pass-It-On Model Garden Project
Richmond Vale Academy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Chatoyer Garden, and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Preservation Fund, will launch its home garden project today, June 5. The launch takes place at Richmond Vale Academy beginning at 13.00 with a tour of the organic gardens and is open...
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The Newest Teenager Climate Activists

The Newest Teenager Climate Activists
By Vanessa One of the most challenging but enriching project we have taken here at Richmond Vale has been to be in charge of a 17 days environmental education, climate change and biodiversity program, where 12 teenagers from Saint Vincent and 12 from England came together to learn and make different actions in order to prevent climate change. Durin...
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Shape the garden – Shape the Future

Shape the garden – Shape the Future
Mandala Garden Project at Chato Primary School by the Climate Team “Performance team”: that is how they call us. No matter what we take, eventually we will get the best out of it. After going through so much together, having so many discussions and inside jokes, we are unstoppable. Let me introduce you to our latest project in Saint Vincent. There ...
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Working with the Communities Part 2

Working with the Communities Part 2
Welcome back! This is part 2 of a short blog series about my team’s tree planting project with several communities in Saint Vincent. In part 1 I described our focus on working with community groups rather than individuals or institutions. This time, I will delve a little deeper into this process. I will first describe how we came into contact with ...
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Working with the Communities Part 1

Working with the Communities Part 1
For this blog series I am going to describe my team’s experience working on our team project with several different communities in Saint Vincent. Throughout the series I will describe 9 different aspects of how we have worked with these communities: Working with established community groups. Reaching out. Goals for working with the groups. Public o...
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How to make a Tree Planting Action

How to make a Tree Planting Action
A brief introduction how to organize a tree planting action The tree planting actions are events of our program where we go out and plant trees at specific locations. We do this with the help of local groups and people. But before such a planting action can happen, there is a lot of preparation to be done. First, you have to choose the villages you...
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Less Trash, More Beach!

Less Trash, More Beach!
Beach Clean-up in Petit Bordel Last Saturday, the 7 th of January, the Climate Compliance November team had a beach clean-up in Petit Bordel. My name is Malte, and I am part of this awesome team! We went to Petit Bordel in the morning after breakfast. Our teacher, Jesper, drove us there with his new bus. At the beach, we were surprised to see so ma...
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The Powerful Vetiver Grass

The Powerful Vetiver Grass
A Vetiver Grass Planting Action on Campus Three months ago if you were to asked me about vetiver grass I’d have had no idea what you were talking about. Now, however, the gregarious bunch grass is an integral part of my team’s program. We are learning more and more about it every day. Probably the most important thing to know about vetiver grass is...
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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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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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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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La Soufriere Trail Clearing Report

clearning-web GEF funded project to rehabilitate the La Soufriere Leeward Trail on St. Vincent
Background This report is a partial fulfilment of the GEF funded project to rehabilitate the La Soufriere Leeward Trail on St. Vincent.  No maintenance work was done on this trail for a number of years and in 2010 it was made worse with the passing of hurricane Thomas which totally devastated the trail. Huge trees were uprooted and blocked the...
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Significant Experience at the Chateaubelair Farmers' Market

Farmers-Market The farmers market is a huge project that includes social development, volunteering, and helping with the mitigation of climate change
After we had an investigation week, travelling across the island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, we identified some problems about the trading of the basic products that farmers produce at the Chateaubelair Farmers Market. Farmers Market One of the big problems we could identify was that the farmers had to travel to the capital to sell their pro...
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The La Soufriere cross country trail - Movie

A brief overview of this project,  Richmond Vale Academy has been working for some time already. It is important to remember that we as humans are part of the environment. With over 6 billion of us on Earth, our combined actions have a big impact on the environment. However, at least we are aware of that impact. We can do things as individuals...
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