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.

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"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, February 5, 2009

Govt shuns plans to convert more forests

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 02/05/2009 4:56 PM  

The State Ministry for the Environment has instructed local administrations to cancel any plans to convert natural forest areas into commercial sites, claiming floods and landslides could worsen if clearing activities continue. Last week, the Forestry Ministry said it had received an unprecedented number of requests from local administrations for permits to convert remaining forest areas into plantations and other profitable commercial projects. 

Soenaryo, an expert from the Forestry Ministry, said his office had been investigating the potential consequences of approving these proposals, and the results were alarming. 

The environment ministry said Tuesday local administrations should be focusing on conserving their forest areas if they wanted to protect their people in the long term. 

"It is time for local administrations to think in the long term rather than simply focus on the economic benefits of the short term, because the threat of natural disasters will most likely increase with climate change in the future," said Masnellyarti Hilman, deputy director for nature conservation enhancement and environment degradation control at the environment ministry. 

She promised financial incentives for those regencies which agreed to protect their forests. 

"We will provide Rp 100 million to each regency that plants *productive' trees in buffer zones between forests and industrial sites," she said. 

Masnellyarti said poorly protected forest areas, mainly located along rivers nationwide, had caused severe flooding in areas such as Sumatra and Central Java recently. 

The ministry recorded at least 23 major floods and six consequent deaths in January alone. The overflow of Deli river in Medan, North Sumatra, inundating the city for several days in an extreme case. 

Elsewhere, the Bengawan Solo river has created chaos in several towns across Central and East Java, submerging the provinces in meters of water for the past week. 

Masnellyarti said forest areas around this river had continued to dwindle significantly in the past 8 years, from 9.43 percent in 2000 to only 2.42 percent in 2008. 

"On the other hand, residential areas along riverbanks have increased sharply, hitting 68 percent of total land area last year compared to 47 percent in 2000," she said. 

While a mass effort to plant trees along the banks of major rivers would provide some relief, it will not come overnight. "Planting efforts will take about five years to have an effect. That is why protecting the existing forests is the best way to reduce natural disasters and tackle the serious threat of water scarcity in regions," added Masnellyarti. 

Soenaryo said the provinces seeking forest conversions include Central Kalimantan, Riau, Sumatra and Papua. They demanded the revision of spatial planning so they could transform forest areas into economic zones. 

Several local authorities have already approved the conversion of forests into plantations and agricultural areas in some regions without revising their spatial planning laws, Soenaryo added. 

Data from the environment ministry shows there are 11 districts in Central Kalimantan prone to landslides and floods. 

A study by Indonesia Forest Watch shows that Central Kalimantan saw the fastest rate of conversion of forests into palm oil plantations out of any province in Indonesia. 

According to data, the rate at which forest areas were being converted into industrial and commercial sites had increased from 1,163 hectares per year in 1991 to 461,992 hectares in 2007.

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