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)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

U.S. offers RI debt-for-nature swap

Abdul Khalik, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The United States has agreed to include Indonesia in a debt-for-nature swap that will involve US$19.6 million of the country's debt to the U.S. being used to finance tropical forest conservation programs.

The U.S. Embassy here said in a statement that under the Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA), a portion of Indonesia's debt could be reduced and re-directed to finance conservation of the country's tropical forest, considered as one of the world's largest and most diverse.

"The U.S. Treasury Department will provide a provisional allocation of $19.6 million for the treatment of eligible debt. Initial discussions toward an agreement are expected to begin in the coming weeks," the embassy said.

It added that once concluded, the swap package for Indonesia would be one of the largest under the TFCA.

Indonesian Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban welcomed the U.S. announcement as a beginning of a bold measure to conserve the country's forest.

"This is good news," he said during a meeting with representatives from the U.S. Embassy.

The embassy said the U.S. government welcomed Indonesia's participation in the program as it recognized the country's forests as some of the most significant and biologically diverse in the world.

Foreign Ministry director for American affairs Harry Purwanto also hailed the announcement, saying Indonesia's proposal for the debt swap had paid off.

"We submitted proposals for debt swaps to several countries, and the proposal to the U.S. was one them. We hope more countries agree to our proposals," he told The Jakarta Post.

With outstanding sovereign foreign debt of $74.1 billion, Indonesia must pay around $7.8 billion a year on the interest and principal.

The embassy said that to date, 11 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America had entered into debt-for-nature agreements under the TFCA.

"These agreements will generate more than $135 million to conserve important tropical forest in these countries over the course of 10 to 25 years," it said.

The embassy said the program might be expanded to include coral reefs, often referred to as the rain forest of the sea.

This year, the Indonesian government has earmarked Rp 4.1 trillion ($454 million) from the Forestry Ministry's rehabilitation fund and the state budget to rehabilitate damaged forest throughout the country.

Many have warned of the rapid destruction of Indonesia's forests. Greenpeace recently applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to have Indonesia included in its 2008 edition for having had the fastest rate of deforestation in the world between 2000 and 2005.

Indonesia is estimated to have lost 72 percent of its approximately 123.35 million hectares of ancient rain forest, and half of what remains is threatened by commercial logging, frequent forest fires and land clearance for palm oil plantations.

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