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, June 7, 2007

Developer, residents work together to create flood-free housing estate

Multa Fidrus, The Jakarta Post, Tangerang

It is little wonder that many people, especially environmentalists, have blamed out-of-control development for Jakarta's devastating February floods.

Riverbanks, rice fields, swamps, orchards and even lakes around the city, all of which function as water catchments, have been covered over with concrete.

To avoid flooding and to preserve water catchment areas, the satellite city of Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) in Tangerang has been furnished with hectares of green space and numerous small lakes.

The initiative has been supported by local residents, who have experienced a growth in their own environmental awareness.

"Alone we can't stop environmental damage ... we have to work hand in hand with the developer of housing here," Antonius, a resident, said last week.

The father of two said that rather than building a large number of shop-houses in spite of low occupancy rates, the developer, PT BSD, provided space for the much-needed greening program.

"As a result, we're safe from flooding," he said.

The satellite city has shopping areas, a traditional market, entertainment and family recreation facilities as well as schools, a hospital and a sports center.

The developer has built two public parks, Hutan Kota I and Hutan Kota II.

The first park, the name of which means "city forest", sits in the heart of the satellite city and occupies 3 hectares of land. The second park occupies 9 hectares of land around an artificial lake.

A spokesman for PT BSD, Dhony Rahajoe, said the company made its spatial plan back in 1998, when construction of the area started.

"What needs to be considered in keeping a city's sustainability is how to integrate the commercial centers and cultural life of the community with an environmentally friendly vision. This was what came into our minds before we started the construction of this 6,000 hectare satellite city," he said.

"We were aware of flood risks that would likely face the city in the future so we applied an integrated environmental management approach in cooperation with the local administration."

The satellite city also has a 75 hectare golf course on an abandoned sand mining site and 11 artificial lakes.

Dhony argued that, based on the company's studies, lakes were more effective than drains for water catchment.

"The maintenance of lakes is much easier and cheaper," he said.

To enable water to flow smoothly out of the city, BSD improved the drainage system by widening, straightening and deepening existing waterways.

Along with residents, the developer also holds a tree-planting program, which commenced in 2003, as well as the annual Green Festival.

"Reducing water catchments, covering riverbanks with concrete (and) throwing trash into rivers are real examples of activities that damage the environment. That's why society has to work together on this," Dhony said.

No comments: