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, November 12, 2007

Minister calls for tree-planting campaign

Ridwan Max Sijabat, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

If everyone planted a tree today, some 230 million newly planted trees would be proof of Indonesia's commitment to environmental conservation, State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Sunday.

"Greening the country should start with individuals. Everyone can plant trees at their houses or on farmland," he said.

"There is nothing to lose but a lot to gain from this tree-planting movement.

"Planting trees in residential areas is good for local residents, helps green the country and will form part of global efforts to fight climate change."

Rachmat was speaking at an environmental event held at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Central Jakarta on Sunday. Also present at the event were Jakarta Vice Governor Prijanto and the United Nations Special Ambassador for Millennium Development Goals in the Asia Pacific Erna Witoelar, who is also Rachmat's wife.

The event was sponsored by car maker PT Honda Prospect Motor, printing and publishing giant the Kompas Gramedia Group and paper and pulp company PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper.

Some 1000 rare trees from across the country were planted as part of the event. Trees planted included the kepel (Stelechocarpus burahol), sadeng or footstool palm (Livistona rotundifolia), sawo kecik (Manilkara Kauki), kersen or Jamaican cherry (Muntingia calabura) and trembesi or rain tree (Pithecolobium saman).

Rachmat said local governments should adhere to a 2007 law on national spatial zoning to ensure cities have enough green and open spaces to support national conservation efforts.

"Local administrations should ensure green areas are free from construction activities ... that disturb the environment," he said.

"Administrations should also set aside a certain percentage of their land to be made into open spaces where people can enjoy recreational activities and plant trees."

Local and international experts currently agree that 30 percent of any urban setting should be made up of green and open spaces.

Prijanto said his newly installed administration was still debating strategies to create more open areas in the city.

However, he said the Jakarta administration was considering procuring land for the purpose and would take firm action against anyone violating local environmental bylaws.

"All houses and buildings constructed in green areas are illegal and they will be bulldozed," he said.

"Those who build larger structures in violation of the law will be taken to court," he said.

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