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, July 4, 2007

Environmental rating system 'needs weight, credibility'

Tony Hotland, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

More weight and sterner consequences tied to the government's annual environmental rating system for industries should guarantee greener corporate ambitions and action against non-compliance, stakeholders said Tuesday.

The Office of the State Minister for the Environment resumed in 2002 use of the PROPER rating system, which assesses industries in terms of their waste management and corporate environmental responsibility. The system later grades businesses into one of five different color groups indicating their compliance to the required standards.

The office has already covered 521 companies operating in various industries and expects to assess a further 1,000 next year.

Green activist Mas Achmad Santosa from the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law said that for PROPER to succeed, four approaches must be adopted: command and control, behavioral, incentive and public pressure.

"These four need integrating. The PROPER that I see now still relies on incentives and public pressure, but it has yet to spark awareness within the industries that would eventually lead to green behavior," he told a discussion on revitalizing the PROPER system.

Santosa added: "The failure to carry out legal enforcement against unruly companies turns around the credibility PROPER is seeking to establish.

"There should be a (premise) that not taking PROPER seriously ends in facing harsh sanctions. But from what I've seen, very few of the black cases go to court," he said, referring to the categorization of "black" used to indicate total disobedience to environmental standards.

Only companies stamped "black" for two consecutive years are brought to court. The other color codes, from least to most severe, are gold, green, blue and red.

Environmental activists, Santosa said, are of the view that industries in the country abide by environmental laws to evade liability, not to help raise awareness of sustainable development and the fragility of ecosystems.

Bien Subiantoro of state-owned Bank Negara Indonesia said the bank uses PROPER as a factor in considering loan applications made by firms.

"The way PROPER is prepared and its position in front of the industries should be well-put and independent (from the reviewed company)," he said.

Syamsul Ma'arif, an environmental consultant for Bandung-based textile exporter PT Daliatex Kesuma, said the environment office should collaborate more closely with local administrations to monitor industries throughout the country.

He said the provision of quality staffers to assist industries in reaching "gold" status was of great importance.

"Being 'red' or 'green' can lead to two things; either it will boost the firms to upgrade their environmental bars or bring them down as it puts more of a burden on them and effects their competitiveness," he said.

Rasio Ridho Sani of the PROPER team said the rating system was implemented to motivate industries to establish and maintain environment-minded standards of operation, in line with calls by the public and shareholders for greener business practices.

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