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)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Government ensures civil servants live a green lifestyle

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

To encourage people to make adjustments to their lifestyles, the central government will bring in a policy concerning the promotion of eco-friendly goods and services by the state.

The green procurement policy is aimed at encouraging companies to produce environmentally friendly products that meet criteria set by the government.

"We will use government offices to promote and market eco-products, which will comprise a significant contribution to the protection of the environment," Euis Ekawati, the head of the State Ministry for the Environment's environmental management system, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

She said the use of green products would be made mandatory in an article added to the 2003 presidential decree on procurement procedures for goods and services.

"We hope to add the new article this year."

Government offices are significant purchasers in the country.

The categories of goods and services include paper and electronic appliances such as copying machines, personal computers, television sets, air conditioners and lighting, as well as the services of hotels and transportation providers.

She said government offices, for example, should only use transportation services that used unleaded gasoline and low emission vehicles.

The ministry has established criteria governing eco-friendly certification for some products, including printing paper, textiles, leather products, shoes and tissue paper.

However, there are currently only a few paper products, mostly aimed for export, that have applied the eco-label certification.

Euis said many of the companies operating in Indonesia paid little attention to the green criteria.

"However, everywhere you go, products are advertised as being green. But those claims are not regulated yet. They are just self-declared claims."

She said companies were permitted to make self-declared environmental claims, including statements, symbols and graphics. But products that only meet one of the criteria -- such as the use of recycled raw materials -- are not permitted to carry the label.

The ISO 14020 on the International Standard for Self-Declared Environmental Claims Type I Eco-labeling specifies claim requirements.

Euis said eco-friendly products were judged to be better for the environment.

"Green products have a reduced impact on the environment over their life cycle."

She said producing more green products would improve energy and water efficiency, reduce waste and support reuse and recycling, and limit the production of hazardous and toxic waste.

Euis said public and private companies were expected to follow suit.

"We hope all consumers will take environmental factors into account when selecting products or services."

The ministry earlier warned the public to be more vigilant for market abuses and seek documented verification of green claims.

It said there were about 100 products sold in local markets under the eco-friendly label.

The Indonesian Consumers Foundation has said many companies use the eco-friendly label as a selling point, following international trends.

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