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)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

No rights, no REDD: Communities

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, JAKARTA | Thu, 07/01/2010 8:05 AM

Indigenous communities have warned the government they will reject the implementation of a planned carbon credit scheme unless the government guarantees their rights to livelihood in the forests.

The Alliance of Archipelagic Indigenous People (AMAN), which claimed to have 1,163 community members, said the international scheme — which is designed to reduce deforestation — could trigger new conflicts if land tenure disputes remained unsettled.

“Our stance is clear — no rights, no REDD. It is what we have told AMAN’s members across the country,” AMAN secretary-general Abdon Nababan told a discussion on climate change Wednesday, referring to the international policy.

REDD stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, which should it be agreed to would come into effect after 2012.

Under REDD, participating forest nations would be compensated by developed nations through a carbon credit scheme for preventing deforestation.

Abdon said many indigenous communities were already protecting their forests and had very small carbon footprints.

“Indigenous people have practiced “small-scale REDD” — so why are they then forced from their land to allow in oil palm plantations?” he said.

“Indigenous people only seek recognition of their land rights from the government, not money from rich nations through REDD,” he said.

Article 18 of the amended 1945 Constitution says the state recognizes and respects units of customary communities as well as their traditional rights.

However, the 1999 Forestry Law says customary forests are state forest that happen to be located in customary areas.

“The Forestry Law has become a source of problems in regard to the land rights of indigenous people,” he said.

Indonesia has more than 120 million hectares of forests, but clears more than 1 million hectares per year, making it the fastest deforesting country in the world.

Special Envoy to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on climate change, Rachmat Witoelar, said indigenous communities were important stakeholders in forest protection. “But we must be careful with the issue since many of the groups could claim they are indigenous people; I myself have no clear understanding who indigenous people really are,” he told the discussions.

Rachmat said Indonesia’s plan to cut 26 percent of emissions could be reached if all stakeholders were committed to protecting the country’s forests.

Senior adviser for international forest carbon policy at the Nature Conservancy Wahjudi Wardojo also said local communities played a crucial role in preventing deforestation.

“But, the approach cannot be generalized because even neighboring villages have different customary laws,” he said.

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