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)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Activists send letters to trees in protest

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, The Jakarta Post, Malang

Malang residents took a different approach to protesting against the declining amount of green space in the East Java city on Thursday -- they wrote letters to the trees themselves.

The letters were sent to a mahogany tree and a banyan tree in the city ahead of Earth Day on April 22.

The protest was conducted by members of the Environmental Awareness Community Alliance in Malang.

"...Trees, my brothers, as long as our hearts are still beating, we will continue trying to protect you, fighting for you. We cannot share the pain that you have to go through, but we can see your suffering...," one letter says.

The activists placed the letters on the trees' trunks.

The activists also held theatrical performances in nine different parts of the city to illustrate the trees' suffering.

"The two trees are witnesses to how other trees have been illegally felled for the sake of development," said Purnawan Dwikora Negara, the head of the East Java chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), speaking at the protest.

He said the protest was part of a series of events marking Earth Day and was aimed at encouraging all people to be aware of the decline of green space in Malang.

He said green spaces were a part of the ecosystem and needed to be preserved.

There are now just 3,000 hectares of green space in Malang city, 2.89 percent of its area. According to a 2002 government regulation, the city's green space should actually amount to at least 10 percent of the area.

The city's green space consists of 12 hectares of parkland, 80 hectares of riverbanks, 150 hectares of private gardens and plantations and 2,940 hectares of rice field.

The activists, which included representatives of the Widaya Gama University School of Law, Malang Corruption Watch, Walhi, the Surabaya Legal Aid Institute in Malang and the Green Student Environment, also visited Malang Town Square shopping complex, where their protest was shut down by security guards.

Purnawan said the shopping complex had been built without a permit on green space that was mean to be a water catchment area, increasing floods during heavy rains.

The shopping center's management did not comment on the accusation.

Purnawan urged all Malang officials and policymakers to put a stop to the conversion of green spaces as it would cause problems in the future.

"We've started to feel the impacts now. Geographically, Malang is located on high ground but it now floods during the rainy season. This never happened before. This is real evidence that we can't maintain the balance in the ecosystem," he said

A series of activities marking Earth Day will continue with a prayer of Saturday night. The activists also plan to send out a petition, including to Lapindo Brantas Inc., the company blamed for the East Java mudflow, and the Malang administration.

Earth Day events will end Wednesday with a film screening and concert.

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