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We plant trees

treeplanting Tree planting action at Richmond Vale academy, St. Vincent
Tree planting actions and awareness campaigns are an important part of Richmond Vale Academy's curriculum. We partner wi...
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Green Energy Movement

solar-panel-roof1 Our aim is to become fully dependent on Solar Energy
Our Solar Project As part of the movement for a more sustainable, eco-friendly Richmond Vale, one of the most recent pro...
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Belair Government School Visiting RVA

Today, 6th-grade students from Belair Government school came all the way to Richmond to visit our Campus! It is always a little adventure and a great learning experience for everyone, for the school as much as for us here at RVA! Heather gave a presentation about living at RVA, our programs, the home-garden projects and of course about climate change. After a quick lunch with a view of the volcano and St Lucia, we divided into smaller groups and all the students from the Climate compliance March team and Fighting with the poor team became tour guides for the day! In another Kind of School we want to live a sustainable life, so we try to be pioneers and to build...
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Carbon Neutral Energy

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 in the process of switching into renewable energy sources. We research and experiment with different ways of producing the energy in our small island reality. We come up with affordable solutions which can be replicated in St. Vincent households, using locally available materials. We apply for grants and transform our school into a model climate centre where we lead by...
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Emergency Relief

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 do what it takes to support our communities when it is in need. This is in fact a privilege, to be able to help where and when it is most needed. As many Vincentians geared up for what is usually considered the happiest, most festive time of the year, a disaster struck. Torrential rains from a trough system caused flooding, landslides...
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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! [embed]
[/embed] We have an organic garden where we hold lessons for interested farmers and youngsters. Everyone at the academy are farmers and do their turns in the food production, whether it’s improving the water collection system, moving the chicken tractors, collecting eggs, turning the compost, harvesting fruits, producing delicious jam or making a salad for lunch. We are self-sufficient with most fruits and meat, and we produce 50% of our own vegetables and herbs. Most of the vegetables that we don’t currently grow...
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Public Awareness

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 issues. Hundreds of lessons have been taught across the islands in preschools, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, technical schools, correctional facilities, Rotary & Lions Clubs, churches, business groups, youth groups, community groups, and to farmers. Several Radio and TV stations have aired programs about the reasons for climate change and newspapers and magazines have published a number of articles. Twice a year we...
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Research and Studies

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 treat learning as a lifelong process and regularly hold morning assemblies where teachers and students alike share their knowledge with the rest of the academy. Whenever possible, we invite specialists in their fields or make study trips to investigate different ways of dealing with environmental, agricultural, and social issues. We learn from our Vincentian neighbours and friends, as well as from foreign journals and...
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Stopping Pollution

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 poorer ones, so the nations who consume the least actually have the highest trash pollution! We have even started to pollute the Earth’s orbit. As much as 50% of plastic-made products are only used once, and according to our current knowledge, plastic takes at least 500 years to decompose. Recycling is costly and doesn’t apply to every product....
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Planting Trees

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 several different projects. We plant shade trees with schools, fruit trees in communities, give away moringa seedlings for personal backyards, plant mangroves on beaches. Why? Trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen that we breathe. One tree produces enough oxygen for four people to breathe. Their powerful roots stabilize the banks, preventing landslides and soil erosion; mangroves protect the wetlands, an important part of...
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A big Happy New Year from Richmond Vale Academy!