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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, December 2, 2009

Businesses vow to protect biodiversity

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 12/01/2009 1:25 PM

Businesspeople attending an international biodiversity conference here plan to produce a charter that will require them to help stop the alarming levels of environmental destruction.

A draft of the conference's declaration, which is called the Jakarta Charter, says integrating biodiversity into business strategies could contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development.

"The Jakarta Charter will be open for signatures to all companies in the world that adhere to its principle," Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) said on Monday.

He said the Jakarta Charter on Business and Biodiversity would be submitted for adoption at the convention's meeting in Japan in Oct 2010.

Representatives from about 200 companies worldwide in mining, fisheries, construction, forestry, tourism and cosmetics gathered in Jakarta for the three-day biodiversity conference.

The draft says the sustainable management of biodiversity will become a source of future operations in the business community.

However, it said that mainstreaming biodiversity into business should be enhanced through voluntary corporate action.

State Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta told the conference that biodiversity in Indonesia faced serious threat including from high population growth, deforestation, illegal trade, invasive alien plant species and climate change.

To make it worse, Hatta said that Indonesia had no regulation that could force business players to protect biodiversity in their operational sites.

Hatta's office plans to submit a draft bill on genetic resources to the House of Representatives, which will be used as an umbrella regulation to protect biodiversity.

He said the business community should contribute to environmental conservation to help preserve biological resources that are used for raw material by companies.

Indonesia, which has ratified the CBD, has 12 percent (515 species) of the world's mammals, the second-highest level after Brazil, and 17 percent (1,531 species) of total species of birds, the fifth-highest in the world. The country is also home to 15 percent (270 species) of amphibians and reptiles, 31,746 species of vascular plants and 37 percent of the world's species of fish.

Executive director of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, Rodrigo Fuentes, told reporters that biodiversity loss was a forgotten crisis in the region that received little attention in the media.

"The sad story is we are losing plants, animals and other species at an alarming rate due to deforestation, large-scale mining and other irresponsible activities," he said. "Biodiversity loss poses a significant threat to the ASEAN people's food security, health and livelihood."

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