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)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Eco message goes better with a little entertainment

Anissa S. Febrina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

From officials planting trees at a suburban campus to celebrities talking about how to save electricity, "green" was the color of the moment as Jakarta commemorated Earth Day on Sunday.

But whether the events in the city actively engaged people or seemed like bland official functions was entirely down to how they were organized.

At University of Indonesia's campus in Depok, Governor Sutiyoso led a green campaign to plant 1,000 trees in the area.

The event, attended by Jakarta Environment Management Agency head Budirama Natakusumah and the university's rector Usman Chatib Warsa, had initially been planned as a public campaign to urge the public to build underground storage pits of excess floodwater, known as percolation pits.

The administration had issued a regulation last year requiring all premises to have the pits to help prevent flooding.

Environmental agency officers demonstrated a simple method of building small pits in the garden, a concept introduced by the Bogor Institute of Agriculture.

However, very few of the local residents and students expected at the event actually joined in, turning a supposedly educational session into a mere ceremony.

"I thought there were going to be artists like most events at this campus," said Anni Koentari, resident of Beji subdistrict, a settlement just outside the campus fence.

She stayed less than 10 minutes before heading back to her home with some friends, saying she found the percolation pit demonstration uninteresting.

A separate Earth Day commemoration at South Jakarta shopping mall Cilandak Town Square would probably have been more Anni's cup of tea, with celebrities and musical performances wrapping the campaign up in a more glamorous style.

Organized by environmental group WWF, the event brought the often unpopular issues of energy saving and waste management closer to the public.

Celebrities taught mall visitors how to choose energy-saving home appliances, and showed how electricity bills could be cut by simple changes in behavior.

Others at the event talked about endangered species and forest depletion, issues further from listeners' everyday lives.

Several booths set up at the center of the mall offered crash courses on how to do composting at home, billed as a way of solving Jakarta's waste disposal crisis.

"Tips like this are more useful for us. They touch our everyday lives and are simple and applicable. I am more interested in this than listening to facts about endangered sea turtles," said booth visitor Aditya Permana.

On top of the practical advice, bystanders were drawn in from the sidelines to the middle of the event by the promise of the bands on stage getting ready to play.

At the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, some 300 activists from the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) tried to attract passers-by with banners and speeches about forest depletion.

No surveys were done to evaluate which of the three different approaches worked best. But looking at the crowd of curious visitors at the mall green campaign, one can probably guess.

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