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)

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Sutiyoso calls for big stick in waste management

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The Jakarta administration has asked the House of Representatives to include law enforcement in the waste management bill currently under deliberation, in order to lure investors interested in developing high-tech waste treatment plants.

The request was made by Governor Sutiyoso in a Thursday meeting with the House's special committee on the waste bill.

In the meeting, Sutiyoso referred to a 2005 incident in Bojong village, West Java where hundreds of residents forced the closure of an incinerator plant before it began operation.

"Let's learn from the Bojong incident. Poor law enforcement made investors halt their plans for a high-tech waste plant for Jakarta," he said.

The Bojong plant, built in 2003 by private operator PT Wira Guna Sejahtera, aimed to incinerate one-third of Jakarta's 6,000 tons of daily waste.

Sutiyoso said the Bojong plant was intended as a pilot project for eco-friendly waste management in Greater Jakarta, which was also aimed at benefiting local economies.

"I was very disappointed with the incident mainly because it was provoked by environmental activists, none of whom were brought to court," he said.

Sutiyoso said that before the incident, his office had signed a memorandum of understanding with four investors, including one from Canada, who were interested in exporting compost made from Jakarta's waste.

"But the four went soon after the incident. We now must struggle hard to ensure investors they are safe. It was also bad dream for other provinces," he said.

Jakarta currently disposes its 6,000 tons garbage in landfill in Bantar Gebang, Bekasi, West Java.

Sutiyoso said his administration would gradually reduce the amount of waste being dumped in Bantar Gebang.

"We're operating an eco-friendly plant in Cilincing, East Jakarta that can manage 500 tons a day. We hope to boost the capacity to 1,500 tons."

Sutiyoso also urged the House to review the 2005 presidential decree on project development, which requires all infrastructure development to be tendered through open auctions.

"This will also hamper investors in the waste sector because each operators uses different technology," he said.

Thursday's meeting was also attended by officials from West Java and Aceh provinces.

The first-ever waste management bill is expected to be passed into law this year. The bill is aimed at solving a string of waste management problems that have killed dozens of people across the country.

Waste, largely due to massive amounts of household garbage, has been one of the most sensitive issues in the country's urban areas.

The draft of the waste management bill requires residents to limit, reduce and manage their garbage and prohibits people from dumping garbage anywhere they like.

The law stipulates that organic garbage should be sorted from non-organic garbage at its source.

The committee also spoke to environmental activists last week, including the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi).

Walhi, which is focusing its campaign efforts on the waste problem this year, urged the House's committee to compel producers to use recyclable packaging for their goods.

The group also opposed the use of incinerators to treat waste, saying they would further harm environment and public health.

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