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)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Kampung residents go green and make money

he Jakarta Post
, Jakarta | Fri, 04/04/2008 1:17 AM

Piles of garbage dumped by residents in a field near Kampung Toplang in Tegal Alur subdistrict, West Jakarta, used to be burned or left to rot, polluting the area and harming the kampung children who play in the field.

But last year, a group of unemployed men from the kampung built a bamboo hut on the field, where they make compost out of the organic waste and sort the nonorganic recyclable waste to be resold.

The men, who call themselves "Perkumpulan Hijau" (Green Club), have not only been reducing the waste piles in the area -- they have also been making at least Rp 1 million (US$109) a month from their kampung's waste.

One Green Club member, Abdul Radi, had only been interested in making some money at first but was later amazed they could turn more than 80 percent of the kampung's daily waste into useful compost and money.

"I started to think we could actually clear away piles of garbage throughout all Tegal Alur, and even throughout the whole city," he said.

A few months ago, Radi asked the Tegal Alur subdistrict chief to allow the Green Club to give simple training to residents in the area so they could do the same in their kampungs.

The chief did not give a positive response. Rather, he told the club to stop their activities because they were using other people's land.

"The chief didn't understand our point. We plan to keep on going, but it's not going to be easy spreading the message because people tend to listen to their leader," said the father of two.

Radi resolved to continue his club's campaign, planning to run in the next election for chief of the community unit.

"By becoming a leader, I can reach many more residents," he said.

The Green Club was pioneered by Berkah Gamulya and Jamaludin. The two, who are better known as Mul and Jamal, were concerned about the waste problem and wanted to help the poor people in the area.

They had been working together advocating on behalf of the city's poor at the Urban Poor Consortium in the early 2000s. They met again in late 2006, when Jamal was running a waste recycling business in Tegal Alur.

"Jamal told me about the situation in the kampung and together we started to build the kampung people's awareness of the waste problem," said Mul, a 29-year-old man from Dumai, Riau.

"We started by approaching those in the community with the most urgent problem, (that is) the need for money. We hung out with young unemployed men, and once in a while in our conversations, we raised the idea of making money from the garbage," said Jamal, who is in his 30s.

In early 2007, a dozen young men got interested in the idea and with Jamal and Mul built the bamboo hut, which they call Rumah Kompos (Compost House).

They make compost from the waste using the simplest and cheapest technique they could find on the Internet. They put chopped waste into piles and turn them upside down once every three days, turning the waste into compost in 45 days.

The club gives the compost to residents to use in their gardens, and they make money by selling the nonorganic waste, such as paper, glass and cans, to Jamal.

After several months Jamal and Mul handed the club over to the residents, who have gained confidence in asking local households to pre-sort their garbage and offering to buy the waste.

"The plan was for the residents to become self-sufficient in saving their environment. Now, we only give advice once in a while," said Mul.

He said his dream was to reduce waste as much as possible, especially in areas where poor people live, and free the city from piling garbage.

"There are many organizations and communities doing the same, on an even larger scale and using more sophisticated techniques than us," he said.

"Together we can all clean the city, it's not impossible." (dre)

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