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, July 4, 2007

Government, House told to revise national disaster policies

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) ended a three-day conference in Jakarta on Tuesday with recommendations that the government and the House of Representatives revise the nation's disaster management policies and do more to protect the people.

Walhi held the conference to raise public awareness on preventing and facing both natural and man-made disasters due to the increasing number of environmental catastrophes in Indonesia in the past few years.

"One of the recommendations of the conference is that the government should review policies involving the exploitation of natural resources, such as the forestry and mining laws," Walhi executive director Chalid Muhammad said Tuesday during a protest march that passed in front of the Forestry Ministry after the closing of the conference.

Other recommendations stipulate that the government should annul a raft of laws, such as those covering foreign investment, which could lead to environmental destruction and, eventually, disasters; re-enact laws that guarantee natural resource management for social welfare and avoid creating any regulations, such as those allowing the construction of a nuclear power plant, that may cause disasters.

Chalid said the government is prone to creating policies that support the exploitation of natural resources and alienate local people. He said that to handle natural disasters, not only does the country require a disaster management law, but also a review of all laws that exploit the environment and are disadvantageous to communities.

"Many people say that their areas have been taken away by the companies, while they can only stand there and watch. We also recommend that the government change its political stance by not exploiting nature and by giving people a chance to manage their own natural resources," he said.

Chalid said that in addition to protecting citizens with laws, the government should also change the school curriculum to cover disasters and environmental issues, which would prompt the public to do more for environmental preservation. "The government should also establish a special body for managing and reducing disasters," he said.

He also warned of the possibility of further deforestation in Indonesia and urged the government to enact a logging moratorium to save the forests.

"If the government doesn't stop the logging, five years from now all of Sumatra's natural forests will vanish, 10 years from now Kalimantan will have no forests and in 15 years the Papuan forests will be extinct. We must have a logging moratorium followed by reforestation," said Chalid.

During Walhi's demonstration outside the Forestry Ministry, Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban approached the crowd to court a discussion, but the protesters ignored him and continued their long march to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and later to the State Palace.

After the demonstrators had passed, Kaban said that in a democracy, all parties should be allowed time to air their points of view. He added that demonstrations should be based on fact and not opinion.

"I would say that Walhi's movement is a cowardly one because they don't dare to hold a dialogue. I didn't receive any facts from Walhi. They only talked and they ran away after that," he said.

Later in the day, Kaban held a press conference to announce that his office was urging National Police chief Gen. Sutanto to evaluate all provincial police chiefs' performance throughout Indonesia in arresting illegal logging suspects in accordance with a 2005 presidential decree on the eradication of illegal logging.

Kaban told reporters at the ministry that Sutanto should focus the evaluation on Riau, North Sumatra and Papua because many illegal logging suspects had been exonerated in those areas.

"Those cases have made the public think that our efforts to eradicate illegal logging are not working as expected," he said.

Kaban cited a case in Papua, in which an illegal logging suspect was freed by the provincial police chief. This indicates that the presidential decree has not been well implemented, he added.

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