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Exxon Denying Climate Change

Exxon knew about climate change Exxon replaced the Esso, Enco and Humble oil companies in 1973, but its history goes back to 1859, where Standard Oil of New Jersey was founded. Exxon and later ExxonMobil has since grown to become the largest and most powerful oil company in the world, with a value of 360 billion USD, nearly 20 times that of Mozambi...
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So much to share - So much to learn

Helene-Veldt I love how all the students here even with our differences we still get a long and I am grateful for the different personalities I have met.
My passion is to travel and help people. I finished high school last year and I was not sure of what to study and I wanted follow my passion before I made a decision on what to study, also I wanted to gain some experience. My decision of joining Richmond Vale Academy, Climate Conference was a perfect first step out of school. I can honestly say tha...
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Can organic farming feed the world?

The agribusiness and industrial farmers have for years expressed that organic farming is unprofitable, maybe OK as a tiny niche for those who are willing to pay high prices, but certainly not anything that would ever feed the world. The view of agribusiness is probably not changing much, since they earn their money on selling their products to indu...
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Once in a Lifetime

Martin with the kids The project I participated in was Child Aid Celica.
Six months in Ecuador - Once in a lifetime experience! The second part of my program as a volunteer was one of the best things that could come to my life. It literally changed my life in many aspects, it helped me to understand many issues related to poverty. The period in Ecuador lasted six months from October 2013 until end of March 2014. The opp...
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The Best Year of my Life!

bestyear By Tjasa Zupanc, Slovenia
THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE! One year of life can be very normal, sometimes even boring if nothing special happens. But I can’t say that for the last year of my life. I can’t use words normal, usual, nothing special, ok…Everything was different, new, exciting and most of all challenging. I’m talking about my life in Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), anothe...
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Moringa 10,000

Moringa-Class Trees are the lungs of our planet, and we need to plant more
Richmond Vale Academy and its’ Climate Compliance Conference plan the next big step with a new project, which gave birth under the name of ‘MORINGA 10,000’. The goal is to plant  - hand in hand with the people of St. Vincent - 10,000 Moringa Trees around the island of St. Vincent, within 20 different communities. The aim of the project is to b...
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Life can be much simpler than we imagine!

Much-simpler It has been quite fun getting to know different people, how they think and more about their culture.
It has been about two months since we arrived in San Isidro, Belize, for the project period in our Fighting with The Poor program. On the first weeks we’ve spent most of our time adapting to the new lifestyle and understanding a bit from the Project Leader what were our goals on the project. For this part, we had two meeting with local leaders, as ...
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Effects of Poverty

The effects of poverty are so tightly interwoven with its roots that at times it results very difficult to determine if a poverty-related issue is a cause of it or caused by it.  Using education as an example of this: people living in poverty have limited access (if any at all) to education at any level, which in turn makes it nearly impossibl...
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Poverty Definition: Using the Capability Approach

Universal in reach and spanning millennia, poverty has been a problem of mankind for as long as the latter has existed. However, a final definition for it has yet to be agreed upon. According to Cambridge Dictionaries , an appropriate poverty definition is “the condition of being poor”; but this hardly seems sufficient for a multi-faceted obstacle ...
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35 of the best Martin Luther King Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr. was without a doubt one of the most important figures of the 20th century. He contributed to the advancement of Civil Rights in the United States through non-violent disobedience based on his Christian beliefs; and hence played a key role in shaping the United States as they are today. Moreover, the work of Martin Luther King...
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Respecting and loving nature

loving-nature Beautiful nature
Beautiful nature The nature in St Vincent must be one of the world’s most beautiful ones. Always growing and always green. It amazes people who sees it from the sky or from the ocean and does something to you to be a part of it. On the nature weekend some of us had the opportunity to walk the Parrot trail , a 1½ hours walk in the eye of the jungle....
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Grey Water System

Greywater Recycling System In Richmond Vale Academy we are building a greywater recycling system in which we are taking the water from the laundry and six showers, we estimate recycle about 1000 liters of water per day.
Grey water system in Richmond Vale Academy The greywater is water that comes from the showers, laundry and kitchen. Basically the water that contains inorganic particles like soap, oil and some synthetic compounds. This water is used once for differents purposes and then thrown to sewage systems or waterbodies like rivers, lagoons and seas. These a...
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Local communities taking action against Climate Change

Taking action against climate change Where many governments have been slow to act against climate change, cities and localities where the community has more direct influence on politicians have started to act to limit greenhouse gasses. In July 2015, Pope Francis gathered mayors from big cities around the world, who discussed how they could make ci...
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Learning From Nature

from-nature Nature is life, its everywhere! Open the door and go out there and see what YOU can learn from nature
From the moment we open our eyes for the first time and throughout life we are learning constantly. We are primarily taught and inspired by teachers in school, our parents, friends and others. The specific environment we grow up in also has an impact on who we become, some of us grew up on the countryside, some in the city, some in a village or som...
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Food Production

Our-garden2 You will learn how to plan and start garden farms as an important action when fighting with The Poor in Central or Latin America
With soaring food costs, one billion people going hungry every day, fast food and junk food causing malnutrition, obesity and health problems, food production based on fossil fuels contributing to global warming and climate change – with all these problems and more, the question of how to produce and supply healthy food for all is a burning is...
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Climate Change in St. Vincent

Road collapsed The consequences of Global Warming and Climate Change in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Infrastructural damage in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines town of Georgetown, following the Christmas Eve 2013 storm. Photo Credit: trust.org In a lot of developed countries, and especially those in temperate climates, it is easy to think of climate change as something that is going to happen. A threat that will influence the lives of our childr...
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Fitness

Soccer-training-rva Training for the soccer match
Whatever your fitness level is when you arrive at Richmond Vale Academy, you can look forward to improving your health, strength and stamina and getting fit for fighting poverty and global warming, by enjoying sports and exercise of many different kinds, individually and with your teammates. Most participants try out their limits on this adventure ...
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Meet the Students

meet-our-climate-activist-team-1_20200506-144339_1 We have students from all over the world who join this great cause. Meet some of them
The biggest threat facing humanity is Climate Change. The constant and disproportionate emissions of gases by industrialized countries, among other abuses of natural resources, are causing major changes in global climate. Then, its consequences affect mainly the developing countries and result in floods, drought, hurricanes and all kinds of natural...
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