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, June 6, 2007

Only six out of 60 timber firms eco-friendly, says global certifier

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Of the more than 60 forestry concessionaires operating in Indonesia, only six produce eco-friendly timber products based on sustainable forestry practices, an international green-forestry certifier says.

SmartWood, a non-profit organization established by the Rainforest Alliance that promotes green-forestry certification, said that the low number of companies securing eco-friendly certificates was due to a lack of public awareness about the need for forest protection.

"It is now up to the public to force forest companies to promote environmentally sustainable practices in their operations by purchasing only certified timber and timber products," Aisyah Erawati Sileuw, SmartWood's forest management coordinator for the Asia Pacific region, said Tuesday.

Toronto, Canada-based SmartWood offers the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate, the only international green-forestry accreditation available to date

However, there is no obligation on forestry firms to obtain such a certificate.

Products crafted from certified wood include furniture, plywood, moldings, flooring and window frames.

The Rainforest Alliance has so far certified more than 1,400 companies holding concessions extending to more than 31 million hectares worldwide.

The six Indonesian forest concessionaires that have received certification account for only 847,750 hectares out of a total concession area of 600 million hectares.

Certification involves compliance with 10 principles, including enhancing the social and economic benefits for local communities, and conserving forest diversity.

Aisyah said that certification enabled consumers to chose products that were manufactured in accordance with strict environmental guidelines.

However, as there was no demand for certified timber products from local buyers, the six companies exported all of their certified products to such markets as the United States and the European nations.

Indonesia is a key exporter of timber, paper and palm oil to China, Japan, South Korea and a number of European nations.

Aisyah said that greater public awareness about certified wood products would help reduce the rate of forest destruction here.

"Indonesia loses an area of forest equal to six soccer fields every minute. At the present time, 72 percent of our forests is heavily damaged," she said.

Indonesia has long been under pressure to stop rampant illegal logging and forest fires so as to save the country's forests and help contain global warming.

Forest fires have made the country the world's third largest greenhouse gas emitting country after the United States and China.

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