Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"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)

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Higher green space target written into draft law

Anissa S. Febrina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

In an effort to maintain environmental quality, a currently drafted revision of the 1992 law on spatial and urban planning will require cities nationwide to allocate a minimum of 30 percent of their land area for open green spaces.

The House of Representatives working committee for spatial planning has completed the first draft of the revision of Law No. 24/1992 and is seeking feedback from the public before continuing with the drafting process.

The inclusion of an article on green spaces was prompted by the over-development of cities, Hermanto Dardak, the Public Works Ministry's director general for spatial planning, said last week.

Jakarta itself has lowered its target of open green space coverage from 26 percent, as stated in the city's 1985-2005 master plan, to 13.94 percent in its 2010 master plan.

According to the revised law, the public green space allocation in cities like Jakarta should be at least 10 percent, with 20 percent of city land comprising private green areas such as lawns and gardens.

Currently, some 7,250 hectares (9 percent) of open green space in the city is managed by the city parks agency, the cemetery agency, the transportation agency and a number of other institutions.

The 9 percent includes private property.

Increasing the city's open green space to 30 percent would have far-reaching environmental benefits.

However, environmental groups are generally skeptical that the current rate of development city in the area will slow.

"Speaking in worst-case terms, if Jakarta was forced to meet such a target, it would be the kampong people who once again had to make way for development," M. Hasbi Azis, the head of research and policy development at environmental group Walhi Jakarta, said.

Hasbi said the city needed quality open green spaces that would absorb rainwater and improve air quality.

"What we have now is artificial green space. The green areas do not create a working environmental network," he said.

Furthermore, the existing open green spaces are rapidly being developed for commercial purposes.

The conversion rate of parks into more profitable properties in 2004 was recorded at a high 55 percent in West Jakarta and almost 25 percent in South Jakarta, the Jakarta Statistics Agency (BPS Jakarta) revealed.

Experts have said the conversion of open green spaces has increased the flood risk in the city.

National data released by the Public Works Ministry showed the private sector was responsible for 54 percent of land use violations.

Violations that were accommodated by the administrations themselves, either for the benefit of private parties or for the sake of increasing tax income.

In a bid to break the vicious circle of land use violations, the draft law stipulates stiff sanctions for perpetrators.

Unlike the old version of the law, the new one requires agencies or government institutions that approve the conversion of designated green areas to cover any financial losses that result from the violation.

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