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)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

At wet markets, poor planning makes composting projects a waste of time

Anissa S. Febrina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Ask the head of Palmerah market, Pence Harahap, about the composting pilot project introduced by local subdistrict officials several months ago, and his first response is to laugh.

"The (composting) machine can manually process only about one cubic meter (of waste), while the market produces 17 cubic meters each day. Using it would be a waste of time and energy," the market head said Monday.

There is nothing wrong with the initiative at Palmerah market.

That is, apart from the fact that its scale fails to match the amount of waste the market actually produces.

And the apathy of the market's operators is also contributing to the program's failure.

"Bantar Gebang (Jakarta's final dump in Bekasi) can still accommodate the city's waste. So why bother?" Pence said.

"The garbage men don't have time to manually chop a small amount of our waste for composting."

For Pence, the subdistrict level initiative to reduce organic waste from his market is both impractical and unnecessary.

In the Senen wet market, a composting machine which has been installed for several months only operates weekly, local vendors said.

"The garbage collector more often dumps the waste straight onto the trucks. As far as I know, the machine is rarely used," said Hamdani, owner of a stall near the market's dump.

Senen's composting machine can supposedly process up to 3 cubic meters of organic waste, or around a quarter of the market's 12 cubic meter total.

The operators of Senen market refused to comment on the stalled progress of the composting project.

But it seems that the root of the problem is similar to the failure at Palmerah.

The composting of organic waste in the city's traditional markets was introduced in 1997.

Supported by the non-governmental organization the Kirai Foundation, the Bintaro market authority assigned two officers to sort out and compost organic waste, reducing total waste by almost 30 percent while providing extra income for local vendors.

But replication of the project was not done until recently, following the growth of community-initiated waste management projects.

Municipalities are now targeting traditional markets, which produce up to 10 percent of the city's 25,000 cubic meters of daily waste.

Since most of the waste produced by the markets is organic, composting appears to be a feasible option, both economically and environmentally.

If done properly, that is.

"There were no surveys before they placed the small composting machine here. That was why the one installed has failed to match the scale of our waste production," the Palmerah market's Pence said.

A different example of how composting could work can be found in three wet markets in North Jakarta.

North Jakarta municipality introduced its pilot project at the Sindang market, the Koja market and the Sukapura market last month.

Each market installed composting machines of varying sizes, costing between Rp 4 million to Rp 8 million.

The composting project is managed by the local traders' cooperative, which supervises the process and is entitled to sell the fertilizers produced by the composting process.

The Koja market has produced around 100 sacks of fertilizer this week alone, local market officer Sugiyono said.

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