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)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

RI asked to draw up national strategy for UN-REDD

Antara News, Tuesday, November 24, 2009 13:42 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - As a tropical-forested country, Indonesia has been asked by the United Nations to draw up a national strategy to reduce emissions from deforestation.

Indonesia and other countries with tropical rain forests are stepping up the fight to combat climate change by taking new initiatives called the UN Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) program.

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hassan at a national discussion on climate change here on Monday signed a document on government participation in the UN collaboration program in the UN-REDD program.

The UN-REDD program, to be carried out in a collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was unveiled by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg in New York last September.

The Indonesian province of Aceh, with its vast forests and willingness to work on REDD issues, will naturally be a focus of the UN-REDD.

In the national discussion, the UNDP Director for Indonesia, Hakan Bjorkman, said the program was intended to assist the developing countries to arrange a REDD scheme.

Norwegian Environment Minister Erik Solheim who was also present in the discussion said his government was financing the initial phase of the UN-REDD program in Indonesia and in other developing countries.

Indonesia and eight other developing countries namely Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Tanzania, Viet Nam, and Zambia have already expressed formal interest in assistance under the UN-REDD program.

The UN-REDD program will support these countries as part of an international move to include REDD in new and more comprehensive UN climate change arrangements to kick-in post 2012.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that the cutting down of forests is now contributing close to 20 per cent of the overall greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere.

The program is aimed at tipping the economic balance in favor of sustainable management of forests so that their formidable economic, environmental and social goods and services benefit countries, communities and forest users while also contributing to important reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Indonesian Environment Minister Muhammad Hatta said he would make coordination with related institutions to make the arrangement of emission reduction scheme from deforestation a success.

"UN-REDD is an inter-sectoral issue and therefore, with other related ministers we will make every effort to make the program a success," Muhammad Hatta said.

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