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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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Cleaner Air, Higher Ozone?

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Studying the environment is difficult because we often can’t isolate the world from all of the factors that make it up. For example, it’s difficult to measure the effects of air quality on populations of the world because conditions are so varied. Many underdeveloped countries have poor air quality, but also have populations for which smoking is a ...
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The Largest Humanitarian Crisis in the World - Yemen

Children in Yemen The poor people such as the Yemenites need our attention and support more than ever.
Yemen, being the poorest Arab nation, is suffering the world’s worst humanitarian, man-made crisis with more than 24 million people - an astounding 80% of the population - in need of humanitarian assistance due to famine, disease and war, including 12 million children. The background to the crisis in Yemen began from the Arab Spring of 2011, when a...
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Our survival is totally dependent on us perceiving ourselves as one single family

November Team at Richmondvale We start a 10 Months Fighting With the Poor program in October and a 6 Months Climate Team in November.
We are 7.6 billion in our Family It is getting very clear in these times that our survival is totally dependent on us perceiving ourselves as one single Family. We are 7.6 billion in our Family. We have one home it's a Planet. It's a Planet that has not grown one single inch since its creation. What we have is what we get and that is our home. It w...
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We need a farming revolution as much as we need an ethical revolution

Interview with Danail The ecological farming is beneficial for the population and for the nature.
Interview from the movie in making  “The benefits of making organic gardens and leading a natural life”. Lucie: What happened with the food we are eating and why is organic food production necessary? Danail: The food on the shelves today is produced in unethical manners. Instead of the food we eat being our medicine, it is exactly the opposite...
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Planet Ocean – the movie

Planet Ocean The movie “Planet Ocean” really helps understand the role of the oceans from the smallest plankton to the biggest whale.
Seven billion human beings live on planet Earth. But despite of our vast collective knowledge, the oceans remain a largely unknown territory even though they take up three fourth of our planet. We as humanity rely on the oceans for our very survival. All life started in the ocean. We come from the ocean – 4 billions years ago from the colony of liv...
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What happened to the Duck Army?

Photo Credit: Nature.com Pakistan declared a state of emergency in late February.
At some point in the last few weeks a picture likely flitted across your screen of hundreds of fuzzy brown heads with the words “Duck Army.” The BCC reported that China had proposed to send 100,000 ducks to Pakistan to combat their locust problem. Locust swarms have been a problem for years in Africa and the Middle East. In fact, in 2019, a swarm t...
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AGAINST racism versus ANTI-RACIST

George Floyd George Floyd’s death has highlighted that no country is immune to racism.
In the midst of Covid-19, we are witnessing another devastating pandemic, resulting from the perpetuation of systemic racism and white supremacy. This also occurs worldwide, across international borders and affects large numbers of people. Covid-19 has resulted in many people being confined to their homes, with limited physical social contact; whic...
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I became a proactive person

Ricardo Luiz de Assis Richmond Vale Academy was an excellent opportunity for me to grow as a person, professionally and emotionally.
I was at Richmond Vale Academy for almost 2 years. (end of 2007 until feb 2009). That was to say the least, the best experience of my life. When I arrived I came across a academy with people of different nationalities and different languages. At the beginning I found it very challenging, since the participants themselves managed the academy routine...
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Seeds Workshop

Seeds Workshop Do you know why it’s really important to save seeds? Let’s hear a little bit of history…
Living at RVA, I became the master of the seeds, thanks to Tessa’s dedication to teach me all about them! And I’m so happy about it!!! Seeds are fantastic! These little dry insignificant beads can give life to your lettuce, tomatoes or even mango tree!!! Can you imagine? Because building gardens for people is nice, but not sufficient to keep them a...
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Capitalism and Slavery

Map The West Indian islands became the hub of the British Empire of immense importance to the grandeur and prosperity of England.
British Commerce and the Triangular Trade According to Adam Smith, the discovery of America and the Cape route to India are “the two greatest and most important events recorded in the history of mankind”. The importance of the discovery of America lay not in the precious metals it provided but in the new and inexhaustible market it afforded for Eur...
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Dear new Climate Activists!

Edit from Hungary I wish you a very successful 6 months in St Vincent and I ask you to make us proud!
First of all welcome to the fabulous St Vincent and welcome to the famous Richmond Vale Academy!! I hope you had a good journey to the Caribbean I am Edit from Hungary. I have just returned to Europe to start my own permaculture and self-sustainable farm in my country - before I was a teacher in the climate program. I can say I returned with much s...
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The Slaves and Slavery

painting The slaves, however, were not prepared to wait for freedom to come to them as a dispensation from above.
We have considered the different attitudes to slavery of the British Government, the British capitalists, the absentee British West Indian planters, and the British humanitarians. We have followed the battle of slavery in the home country. It would be a grave mistake, however, to treat the question as if it were merely a metropolitan struggle. The ...
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