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"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Groundwater pollution 'worse than thought'

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta


Groundwater quality is getting no better, with a 2006 survey released Thursday by the Jakarta Environmental Management Agency (BPLHD) revealing that 80 percent of the 75 wells across the capital are polluted.


"The quality of water at depths between 10 and 20 meters is steadily worsening. It is no longer fit for human consumption," Daniel Abbas, the head of the agency's environmental damage control unit, told The Jakarta Post.


The survey results, to be published next month, show that the concentrations of E-coli and other bacteria in Jakarta's groundwater exceed the safe level.


The survey measures the parameters of temperature, salinity, detergent content, iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide and the biological substances of bacteria and viruses.


A high manganese content, for example, alters the color of water, causing black spots to appear on laundry.


Daniel said the high E-coli concentration was likely caused by the poor sewage system in the city as the bulk of wastewater was channeled into septic tanks located not far from wells.


"If they aren't properly maintained, raw sewage seeps out of septic tanks and into the groundwater," Daniel said.


Ground pollution and the distribution of clean water have long been problems in the city.


The city-owned water operator, PT PAM Jaya, is reliant on raw water from other provinces and can only deliver tap water to half of the city's homes.


Hundreds of tap water customers have been experiencing disruptions to supply since last week as the water level at Jatiluhur dam continues to fall.


The administration has said the shortages of raw water supplies could reduce groundwater reserves as industrial players that rely on tap water pump more groundwater.


"The quality of the groundwater extracted by industries is far higher than household groundwater. There are also concerns that as industries pump more water, shallower wells will run dry," Daniel said.


Household wells are between 10 and 40 meters deep, while industrial wells are between 100 and 300 meters deep.


The administration has not placed restrictions on the amount of water a household can pump.


The Jakarta Mining Agency only allows private companies to extract less than 100 cubic meters per day.

However, despite the pollution and the inevitable impact of massive development, the administration continues to blame the poor quality of the city's water on its growing population.


Jakarta is home to an estimated 10 million people, but that figure swells to 12 million during the day.


Daniel said the public needed to act now to increase groundwater supply.


"It is the responsibility of all Jakartans to set up communal wastewater treatment plants and build water catchment facilities."


A number of companies operating in the country have been promoting programs to conserve water supply. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia, for example, have been running a series of clean water programs in Bekasi, West Java, aimed at educating local communities on how to treat water and conserve water sources in their respective neighborhoods.


The project, called Cinta Air (Love the Water), is also aimed at ensuring the provision of clean water supply and sanitation services to more than 25,000 Bekasi residents.


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