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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)

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Massive biofuel program to go ahead despite int'l concerns

Ika Krismantari, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

International criticism of Indonesia's massive biofuel development program will not affect the project, which is expected to turn the country into one of the biggest biofuel producers in the world, says an official.

The director of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's research and development unit, Nenny Sri Utami, said in Jakarta on Monday that the plan to turn more than five million hectares over to growing the feedstock for the biofuel plants would go ahead as planned.

Nenny, who is also a member of the government biofuel development committee, said that allegations being made by some international non-governmental organizations to the effect that the program would endanger the environment were groundless.

A 2006 presidential decree on the development of the biofuel sector states that only idle or critical land can be used for the development of biofuel-feedstock plantations. Feedstock is produced by, among other plants, oil palms, sugarcane and jatropha.

As part of the project, the government has allocated 5.25 million hectares of idle land for the growing of the basic feedstock for bioethanol and biodiesel production.

About 1.5 million hectares will be allocated for oil palms, 1.5 million hectares for jatropha, 0.75 million hectares for sugarcane and about 1.5 million hectares for cassava.

Under the program, Indonesia is expected to be able to produce the basic components for biofuel production, including fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) and about 3.95 million tons of ethynol a year by 2010. At this production level, Indonesia would be one of the world's biggest biofuel producers.

To date, the Forestry Ministry has set aside a total of 5.06 million hectares in 13 provinces to be used for such plantations.

"Looking at the list, we can see that none of these areas are located in protected forests," Deka Mardiko of the Forestry Ministry told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

"We are working together with the National Land Agency, Agriculture Ministry and Home Ministry to check whether the areas are located in forests or not," Deka said. "If anyone is caught clearing land in a protected area, even if he wants to grow biofuel feedstock, he will be charged with illegal logging."

The Forestry Ministry's director of renewable energy, Ratna Ariati, said she understood the concerns of the international NGO's over the biofuel program.

"They are not only afraid of the environmental consequences arising from land clearance for biofuel-feedstock plantations, but also that production will disrupt food supplies as many of the plants that provide biofuel feedstock are also edible," Ratna said.

The International Herald Tribune says that scientists around the world are taking a second look at what biofuel really has to offer, with many questioning the environmental feasibility of the current system used for developing green energy.

In an article published last January, the Herald Tribune said that rising demand for palm oil in Europe had brought about the razing of huge tracts of Southeast Asian rain forest and the overuse of chemical fertilizer there. Not only that, the space for the expanding palm plantations was often created by draining and burning peatland, which sent huge amounts of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

One NGO that is concerned with environmental issues, Friends of the Earth, estimates that 87 percent of the deforestation in Malaysia between 1985 and 2000 was caused by new oil-palm plantations, while in Indonesia, the amount of land devoted to oil palm has increased by 118 percent in the past eight years.

One study says that the draining of the peatland used for biofuel plantations in Indonesia releases 600 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere a year and that fires contribute an additional 1,400 million tons annually. According to the researchers, the total, 2000 million tons, is equivalent to 8 percent of all global emissions caused annually by burning fossil fuels.

In response, Ratna said that the government would strictly abide by the basic principles of environmental protection.

"We are doing it for the sake of the environment. It would be nonsense if we were to destroy the forests in the process," Ratna said.

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