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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)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

$100m mega jatropha project

Ika Krismantari, The Jakarta Post, JAKARTA | Wed, 03/04/2009 4:05 PM

Mother Earth Plantations Pte (MEP) is investing in the first mega jatropha project in Indonesia, with US$100 million over four years in West Timor.

Singapore-based MEP president Roland A. Jansen said Tuesday the company had started this mega biofuel project -which includes the development of 1 million hectares of land and the construction of a processing plant - half a year ago and is aimed to start initial production of 30,000 tons by 2013.

"We will increase the capacity up to 100,000 tons in the following years," Jansen said.

He said the company, through its local subsidiary PT Buana Ibunda would start construction of the processing plant by the end of 2009.

In relation to the development of up to 1 million hectares of land, the company decided to do this in four stages over a period of four years, with the first phase to start with the development of 100,000 hectares, followed by the development of 300,000 hectares per year over the next three years.

Jansen said the output from the plant, which would be in the form of biodiesel, would be prioritized for the local market, with only a small portion of the output to be exported to countries such as China.

Commenting on the renewable energy market in Indonesia, he said that jatropha had good prospects of becoming the main feedstock for the production of biofuel in Indonesia, despite the current trends with oil prices being fairly low.

International crude oil prices are currently hovering below $40 a barrel, as against the historic high of $147 per barrel in July last year before prices fell in line with the impact of the global financial crisis.

Investing in jatropha needs relatively less investment than other biofuels and should not heighten the global food and energy debate as it is a non-edible plant, he said.

A number of foreign energy companies, including CNOOC of China and Britain's BP Plc, have expressed interest in investing to help develop the country's biofuel sector.

Indonesia is regarded as having big potential in the biofuel sector due to its vast land area and rich natural resources, including palm oil as a popular feedstock for biofuel.

BP has also set its sights on the development of jatropha in Indonesia, however their plans are yet to be developed.

In addition to the current low price of oil, unclear regulations and previous lack of government supports in terms of incentives and guidance are among the reasons for the slow pace in the development of biofuel projects.

In an attempt to promote the use of biofuel, the government has decided to subsidize biofuel products with a maximum cap of Rp 1,000 (83 US cents) per liter.

Biofuel producers have repeatedly complained they have been running at a loss when selling biodiesel to Pertamina, since prices are set in accordance with fossil fuel prices, currently too low to cover the cost of biodiesel production.

Indonesia has the capacity to produce 2.9 million kiloliters of biodiesel per year and 215,000 kiloliters of bioethanol per year, with more than 200,000 kiloliters of bioethanol and biodiesel to be blended into subsidized fuels this year alone.

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