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How the Climate Compliance program shaped my life, career and future

Ayrtona-Senna The program laid the foundation for a career and life I envisioned for myself.
Apparently if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. Or maybe it is like this that if you love what you do enough, you’ll work every single moment of your life at it. I have been lucky enough to have known what I wanted in my life and its work to be and even luckier enough to have had the opportunity to pursue it. To have had...
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Why is the US on fire?

Gene Blevins, Reuters Climate change contributes to the conditions that favor fire, such as temperature and reduced precipitation.
Over the last couple of decades the fires in the Western US have continued to escalate. Compared to the 1980s and 90s, the amount of area burned has more than doubled. Data before the early 1980s agrees with this upward trend, but it is important to note that regulatory agencies have deemed this data incomplete and of poor quality. With the excepti...
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Looking back at 2019

Looking back at 2019 Young people are worried about their future; they are ready to act, but they still don’t have a real model to follow.
Looking back at 2019 there are some reasons for optimism, but the issue our precious planet is facing has not changed. The biggest ever climate change demonstrations and strikes happened in 2019. This shows us that young people are worried about their future; they are ready to act, but they still don’t have a real model to follow. More and more cou...
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The St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference beyond 2021

We welcome you to RVA We will continue to involve as many people as possible in the many years to come all over the Caribbean.
After almost ten years of climate action a lot has been done and certainly more is to be done for all to be ready for climate change. Hundreds and Thousands of people are working to make their villages and island nations more Food, Water and Energy secure. People are taking action to meet the Climate Emergency. We can only see the Climate complianc...
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I thought farming with chemicals was the right way!

Tone Now I know that I want to be careful with what I eat, and really, not putting chemicals on my food is a good place to start.
Now I know that I want to be careful with what I eat, and really, not putting chemicals on my food is a good place to start. When the RVA students, Ingrida, Ceren and Paulus and their teacher Dani, first came, I was in the house. It was just Jasmin and them out there building the garden. I didn’t want to hear what they had to say. I was stubborn. I...
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The Largest Refugee Crisis in the World - The Syrian Civil War

House destroyed during the war in Syria In 2019, UN reported that nearly 5.6 million Syrians fled the country to seek refuge.
Arguably the biggest refugee crisis in the world right now, the diaspora created by the Syrian civil war is numbering in the millions. A constant flow of people are seeking asylum daily in neighboring countries like Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and many European nations. The war played a significant role as a source of instability in the Middle East, an...
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Food Waste in a Pandemic

Picture from: Molly Page @idahomolly Food waste is a global problem, with estimates of 1/3 of the World’s food production never being consumed.
A recurring theme of the 2020 pandemic seems to be highlighting existing issues that have been exacerbated by the way our world screeched to a halt. Changes in how we purchase, consume, and move about the world have illuminated difficulties in our environment, economy, and entertainment industries. Food waste is a global problem, with estimates of ...
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Gratitude is confidence in life itself

Michelle van Ardennen With this blog I want to thank Stina who gave me all these wonderful lessons and made a lot of beautiful photos and videos.
My time at Richmond Vale Academy has come to an end. When I just arrived I was very proud at myself because I’m not a traveler at all. When I’m at home I rather stay close to the people and animals I love. I saw Stina’s videos on YouTube about two years ago. She was dancing and communicating with her horses in a way I really liked, she inspired me....
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Grace happens when we act with others on behalf of our world

Horse at RVA After 15 years with horses, I was about to learn how to say hello to a horse and how to lead a horse.
Seven months and two weeks. Traveling is always a big education and has the power to change you as a person if you let it, at least from what I have experienced. However, staying in a place together with people­ who want to change the world, learn about yourself through horses at the same time as you live a simple community life in nature with ever...
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Finding my Heart

One of the horses and me at RVA They have truly healed and opened my heart, led me back to myself.
When I came to RVA, I had no belief and no confidence in myself. Everything I did came with thoughts that said I wasn’t good enough, I’m doing it wrong, I’m not worthy and I can’t do it. I was stuck in a blame- guilt- pain cycle and couldn’t find my way out. I was trapped inside myself, in my trauma and fears. The walls I put up for protection had ...
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