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)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Greens: RI should lead in Bali

Abdul Khalik, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should focus on efforts to push for a climate deal within the legally binding framework of the Kyoto Protocol to avoid defaulting to a voluntary scheme such as proposed by the U.S., a leading environmental group said.

Maria Athena Ronquillo Ballesteros, a Greenpeace Southeast Asia climate and energy activist, said Yudhoyono should demonstrate more leadership by presenting a clear agenda with the issues that are important to Indonesia and the world.

She said Indonesia should avoid turning the Bali conference into a "circus of issues" by allowing voluntarily-type commitments to interfere with a "serious discussion of Kyoto's nature as a legally binding treaty", she told a news gathering Friday.

Ballesteros said it would be fruitless to base emission reduction efforts on a voluntary scheme, since parties can drop out at any time without suffering any consequence.

Indonesia and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) will hold a climate conference from Dec. 3 to 14 in Bali.

The main task for the conference is to begin to formulate a new multilateral agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, the current global agreement that formalizes efforts to curb pollution which expires in 2012.

The Kyoto Protocol requires industrial nations to reduce emissions to at least 5 percent below their 1990 levels, although Australia and the U.S. -- which both worry about the economic consequences of implementation -- did not ratify the protocol.

Parties to the protocol have further agreed to cut their emissions levels by 25 to 40 percent, effective in 2012

On Wednesday and Thursday, ministers and senior officials from 36 countries meeting in Bogor, West Java, managed to reach an agreement regarding a new green policy to take effect in 2009.

In his address to the meeting, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called for developed nations to honor their emissions commitments, arguing that emissions cuts should be voluntary for developing countries.

In the September meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Sydney, Australia proposed a voluntary scheme for achieving emissions cuts in both developed and developing countries. The scheme met with opposition from most other countries, including Indonesia.

Greenpeace Indonesia political adviser Arief Wicaksono said although Indonesia had agreed to discuss the voluntary scheme, it should not be allowed to jeopardize the Kyoto approach, underlining the understanding that Indonesia wants to maximize gains from both schemes.

Arief said Indonesia did not want to have to choose between two approaches to multilateral emissions control. "Indonesia can get money from the U.S. or Australia faster through reforestation and other programs. But it also hopes to benefit from the Kyoto Protocol through carbon trading and transfer of technology. The U.S. proposal should be discussed on the sideline of the major (Kyoto) events," he said.

If Yudhoyono wanted Indonesia to benefit from the world spotlight in Bali, he said, the President should be brave enough to take action on behalf of developing countries and the world as a whole. He could begin by announcing a total ban on peatland conversion in Indonesia.

Because of carbon emissions from the peatland areas, Indonesia has become the world's third largest emitter, behind the U.S and China, according to the World Bank.

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