Richmond Vale

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 with many different stakeholders in order to plant the most beneficial trees in various projects. We plant shade trees with schools, fruit trees in communities, give away moringa seedlings for personal backyards, plant mangroves on ...
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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 projects we have embarked on is to become dependent on only solar powered energy. The movement within the renewable energy sector in the modern day is rapidly growing, and so its vital, we as a climate centre, divert away from the ex...
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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 example projects. Showing our sustainability projects to 10-12 year olds taught us RVA students how to keep things simple and exciting!  We showed them our solar panels, the biogas station, the new Permaculture Kitchen Garden, our Chicken Hotel, the Water collection system, Our Organic Gaden, the Compost system, the Fruit Forest, the Pigs, and even a little visit to the Horses! Seeing how enthusiastic and excited the students were about the visit made us very happy :) We love showing our other kind of school to many interested kids and to inspire them to change the World! Such a positive feedback made us smile: "This is a little...
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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 example. We are still at the beginning of our road to switch to carbon neutral energy, but we already have several working solutions in place, which we are constantly improving. Biogas We have started our transition to carbon neutral energy by constructing a small biogas plant, a system which transforms household waste into usable methane. The main part of the system is a called a digester. It’s a large black tank filled with bacteria that digest organic waste and convert it into methane gas. We feed the biogas plant with a mixture of domestic organic and kitchen waste, like fruit and vegetable waste, with other organic...
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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 and damage to housing and infrastructure in St Vincent on the 24 th of December 2013. The landslides caused massive damage, the airport closed, many towns were flooded, hundreds of people lost their homes and livestock. Many were injured and several people lost their lives. In the North Leeward the resources damaged or lost included electricity, roads, bridges and the precious commodity – water. Landslides damaged the water pipelines and 50,000 people were left without access to water. The Climate Compliance Conference and everyone at Richmond Vale Academy worked tirelessly to help restore the water pipelines in North Leeward, together with the Central Water and Sewage...
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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 are bought locally, from neighboring farmers. So far, more than 1,000 people have visited our model garden, received lessons and inspiration for a more sustainable, low-carbon and high-biodiversity way of farming. The Climate Compliance Conference participants help other organic gardens in St. Vincent like the Chatoyer Garden in the Vermont Valley, the IRM Urban Garden in Villa Flat, The Rose Hall Organic Garden, The Fitz Hughes Preschool garden and the Belle Isle Correctional Facility garden. We also harvest rainwater for most of our needs, and recycle the gray water for plants. It is very important to us to stay healthy and keep our planet clean, that’s...
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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 publish our own newspaper with tips on sustainable living, voices from Vincentians on climate-related issues and interviews with professionals about the impact of climate change on our small island nation. Articles and programs on Climate Compliance in St. Vincent have been published and broadcast in several countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. Thousands of visitors have been to the Academy over the years, taking tours of our organic garden and observing our self-sustainable lifestyles. We have given numerous tours to single people and organized groups, during big events like the annual Earth Day and whenever we have visitors: schools, activists and tourists. We are...
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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 books. A few times per year we hold an Open Day at the academy, during which the teachers, students and guests exchange their knowledge and experiences with each other. Theoretical Studies at the Academy During the six months program of the Climate Compliance Conference we study and research, teachers give courses, and guest speakers are invited. You can expect to study from books and research, papers by scientists and laymen, the signs from observations of weather patterns, ecosystems, ocean temperatures and the atmosphere. Once you’ve left Richmond Vale Academy you will have learned about the causes of climate change, the effects it has – mostly on...
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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. It seems that the best way to limit pollution is to limit our consumption and re-use. In Richmond Vale Academy we re-use most of our trash. We have several bins in different places around the campus to collect kitchen waste (two kinds: for the pigs to eat and for feeding our compost / biogas plant), paper and cardboard to be used in the garden, glass jars and bottles to store our delicious home-made preserves, and plastics which we use in different arts & crafts projects with the kids. Unwanted clothes go into a pile from which everybody can choose something “new” for themselves. This way we...
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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 our ecosystem. Trees form a barrier against winds and regulate the temperature and humidity levels. They provide shade for people and crops, so important in tropical climate. As part of a bigger ecosystem, trees provide food and shelter for many different animals. Fast-growing trees ensure a good building material, while others give us tasty and healthy snacks! Planting 10 000 trees in disaster areas On the 24 th of December 2013 a terrible natural disaster occurred in St. Vincent when torrential rains caused massive floodings and landslides, leaving thousands of people without shelter. After helping with the initial repairs and clean ups, the activists from Richmond...
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