6 Months Study and Action Programme
Starts February, August and November.
Period 1: “Gaia Warns You”: Courses about Global Warming, Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, Pollution, The Oceans, Small Island Development States, the Caribbean and what we can do together to adapt to the changing climate in St. Vincent.
Period 2: Digging deeper / Research activities: Further studies and research, digging deeper into understanding how climate change has affected St. Vincent, how it will do so in the future and what we can do together to prepare for what’s coming. In this period you build the foundation for the projects you will carry out in the next 5 months of the programme.
Period 3: Making RVA Climate Compliant: During the second month of the Climate Change Activist Programme, you and your team implement projects to make Richmond Vale Academy into a model farm and a model school for St. Vincent. You and your team also map out how you will contribute to making St. Vincent and the Grenadines into a more climate compliant nation.
3RD & 4TH MONTH
Period 4: Making St. Vincent Climate Compliant: Make workshops and create Organic Home gardens with families. Teach in primary and secondary schools, community centres, businesses and community colleges.
5TH & 6TH MONTH
Period 5, 6, 7, And 8: Our Next Large Endeavours, Follow Ups And Our Proud Legacy: Some of your lasts tasks as a Climate Activist are: produce and distribute the Climate Compliance Newsletter. Carry out a clean up competition between schools called “The world’s cleanest country”. Mobilise many people to join the action and end up with a great Open Day with BBQ. Finally, evaluate, conclude and hand over your experiences to the next team.
The Impact of GWCC currently and in the future in the Caribbean
In 2017, Hurricane Maria swept across the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, taking lives, destroying homes, and damaging the natural landscape that sustains the tourism industry, which the 270-square-mile island relies on. The storm’s overall cost to Dominica was an estimated USD 930 millions, almost double the country’s GDP. Maria went on to cause havoc in Puerto Rico, directly and indirectly killing more than 2,900 people. It was the deadliest storm Puerto Rico and Dominica had experienced in more than a century.
Just two weeks prior, both islands had been hit by Irma, which became a Category 5 hurricane during its life cycle. More than one hurricane of that magnitude in the same season had previously been unheard of.
In recent years, the Caribbean has seen its hurricane seasons become more destructive. The change has been attributed to global warming and climate change(GWCC), a crisis that many have been warning about for decades; this could have particularly devastating effects for the Caribbean. With the glaring evidence of crushed infrastructure, homes, and lives, more people seem more prepared to listen and take action. But much of the increase in global temperatures seems irreversible, and effects will get worse.
What experts and activists hope for now is that temperatures won’t rise to a point where they threaten the very existence of small islands like Dominica. “I come to you straight from the front lines of the war on climate change,” said Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, in a heartfelt appeal to the UN General Assembly, shortly after Maria’s passage. “We as a country and as a region did not start this war against nature. We did not provoke it. The war has come to us. There is no more time for conversation. There is little time left for action.”
Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress.
Seventy to ninety per cent of coral reefs will die at 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, which is expected to happen by 2030; 99 per cent of coral reefs will die at two degrees Celsius of warming, which could happen by the end of this century.
Major coastal defense projects will be required to protect hundreds of kilometers of vulnerable coastlines by 2050.
By that year, significant relocation of people and existing coastal infrastructure will be necessary.
The World Bank estimates that the annual damage to countries within the Caribbean community caused by climate change will rise to USD 11 billion by 2080 — eleven per cent of the region’s collective GDP.
The sea level in the Caribbean is expected to rise by more than 1 meter by 2100, putting many coastal towns and cities — including most Caribbean capitals — at risk of being submerged. Furthermore, more than 11,000 people will be displaced, 600 km of roads lost, 29 airports gone, 1,300 km2 of land lost to the sea.
There are so many facts on the table; therefore the St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference will continue as a permanent standing action conference involving as many people as possible in the many years to come all over the Caribbean.
We welcome you to join us in spearheading these future endeavors
Setting up Model Farms with Climate centers in and around St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
A model farm is from 2-30 acres and has training, living facilities and income generating activities like vegetable and fruit production, nursery, animal production and locally built lodges with focus on agro & eco tourism like forest gardening, farm park, high biodiversity farming, animals in silvo-pastural systems, pathways, benches and bird lookouts.
The Model Farm and Climate Center has:
Renewable energy, water harvesting, recycling systems, biogas, emergency shelter and storage capacity, grey and black water systems and food security. At each Center training courses for home garden families, small farmers and other people are available.
The Center raises its funds through sales of various farm produce, nursery, agro and eco tourism.
The Center also serves as Emergency storage and shelter when disasters strike equipped with tools, tents, generators, first aid kits, food as well as water cleaning tablets.
The staff of the Center as well as students and home garden families, farmers and others will form village action groups and carry out actions like community beach - and river clean ups, home gardens, mangrove and tree planting, riverbank protection and soil erosion prevention.
Testimonials: Why We Joined
My decision to come to Richmond Vale Academy in March 2017 was aligned with my path towards getting more and more involved in the development sector. By then I was studying a couple of subjects of my Master of Development Practice by distance. I saw the opportunity to have a more hands on experience, so I enrolled in the programme. I absolutely loved my time as a volunteer student here. I learned so much, not only about climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives, but also a lot about myself!
I had just finalised my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and I felt the need to apply what I had learnt in a practical manner. A job seemed likely, but then the rigidness of it put me of a little. It was during an enduring search that I saw the opportunity to volunteer and it immediately peaked my interest.
A long time ago I had this innocent idea that I wanted to make the world a better place, I wanted to go far away to Africa, to improve it, to change it. Fortunately life made me wait long enough to learn some things before.
Calvert, St. Vincent
I wanted to be a volunteer because I find it interesting and I always wanted to try it. I was just out of school and didn't really have any plans – a person in my town who knew RVA suggested I should join. He said I could meet people from all around the world. I thought I could make a change for myself, and the people I was going to help.
Meet the teams:
Videos from our Climate Actions
The cost of the program:
|Climate Compliance Program - 6 Months|
|$500 + $4300|
|Enrollment fee + Tuition fee|
|Food and Accommodation for 6 Months|
|Basic materials needed to execute the program's activities|
|Research and Action|
|An Open Water Dive Certificate|