Before RVA's public awareness campaign, many Vincentians did not know what permaculture was. Dreams of getting gold in a global treelympics were farfetched and plastic bottles were an environmental menace. Organic food, GMO awareness and so on were not highly extent. Through RVA's intervention with its 2012 -2021 Climate Compliance agenda, SVG is now a different nation with a more positive environmental attitude."
Here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we are attempting to become a green island, looking at energy, at the way we conserve our environment. I believe Richmond Vale Academy is one of those places where you can get the information and education and certified programs in terms of what you really need to know about helping to save this world, our planet."
When I left RVA I was a completely different person. I learned things that I would have learned in a 5 years program at university or I would not have learned at all. At the RVA I learned about the Garifuna history, farming, history and team work. From the experience I had while at the RVA I will say that sometimes the road gets rocky and the best thing to do is to keep moving on because somewhere ahead you will manage how to walk on the rocks.
We would like to share an article from a subject that the 18 months Fighting with The Poor Team study at Richmond Vale Academy.
The concept of Open Future zooms in on the Future. Not the past, not the present, but the future. With lessons learnt from the past, we can influence the Future through the Present.
The concept of Open Future consciously looks at the future as something that we can have an influence on, as something with possibilities, as something that we can take decisions about, something that we can plan for, as something that we can conquer.
We want the Future and we want it without an end in sight. This is Open Future! The other future, the opposite one, we call the Closed Future, which is a future with an end.
As a human society at large (as well as each one of us by him or herself), we do many things that support a Closed Future for Humanity – even though we don’t want to act like that. In those acts we don’t consciously consider the future as something with many different possibilities that we can pursue, but instead we consider it as something that is already decided. That is closed future.
The concept of a closed future is omnipresent.
It easily finds a part within the crazy world of capitalism that enslaves its workers. It easily finds its place within the market system and consumerism. It is even a part of the idealization of use of alcohol and other stimulating and addicting drugs. We just love the concept of the end.
Our cultures are drenched in it. Plenty are the scenarios of films ending with robots taking over humanity or the total apocalypse where the world ends in a ball of fire. We are obsessed with speculating about our own ending. We, consumers of the capitalist world, have imagined these ends a thousand times over.
Another argument that supports a closed future lies in the argument of why you don’t have to bother about taking care of the environment. You don’t have to worry about the environment, because climate change has always happened and will always happen with or without people.
That you cannot blame people for that… and so on and so forth the argument goes on.
Through denying the capacity of human kind to influence the climate, this argument leads humans to behaving irresponsible towards climate change and towards happily burning off all the rest of the fossil fuels to the very last drip, steering humanity directly into climate catastrophe. The idea that we are so powerful that we can influence nature is based on an overestimation of our own capacities.
Going for Open Future, on the other hand, means: considering ‘The Future for All’ in our real world. So people going for such an Open Future, are eager to become knowledgeable about Human Behavior and the climate. People belonging to this group have found through scientific investigation and research that humans have a big impact on nature and the climate.
There is no doubt here! So the question is not anymore if to alter Human Behavior, but how to alter Human behavior so we can keep our Future Open!
So in other words, as the concept of Open Future gives us, and the whole of Humanity, the possibility of ‘a way out’ of our problems, like climate disaster, towards the possibility of an improved society in the future.
It is like the story of the motorcycle race champion, who explains how his superior motorcycle capacities became his life’s philosophy:
Always focus on the way out, never on the obstacles! Open Future!
Never let your mind drift of fear thinking about what would happen if… but always keep your eyes focused on the way out, because in that way you pull yourself as it were through and having passed the obstacles.
You see them, the obstacles, no doubt about that, but you never focus on them, you don’t lose yourself in them, always focus on the way out!
But we should not forget that through all the noise produced by the few Rich and Powerful and the rest of the Minority who are rich enough to be consumers in the Capitalist system, there is the disciplined whispering and zooming of the many, of The Poor.
They are busy making ends meet, uniting their forces as much as they can, through hard work, through a disciplined focusing on the way out. Focused on the Open Future, with the little knowledge they have, with their big and warm hearts for their next of kin, with their busy hands…
We need to pull ourselves together, also because we owe it to them.