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)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

S. Sumatra told to heed to reforestation

Khairul Saleh, The Jakarta Post, Palembang

The South Sumatra Legislative Council urged the local province administration Monday to put more focus on "regreening" programs, saying the deforestation rate in the province had reached an alarming level.

Arudji Kartawinata, one of the local legislators, said the call was made in response to data from the South Sumatra Forestry Office showing deforestation in the province had reached 60 percent of its total forested lands of about 3.7 million hectares.

The deforestation had multiple causes, ranging from forest fires and illegal logging to land conversion into plantation projects and other development programs.

Of the damaged forests, only about 358,000 hectares had been reforested through the timber estate development project, according to the data.

Arudji said the high rate of deforestation had lead to an increased incidence of flooding in several areas in South Sumatra.

Even though it is the task of the central government to rehabilitate the damaged forests, the province administration should not sit quiet, he said.

"The province administration should have had its own program to deal with the damaged forests; don't just wait for guidelines from the central government," Arudji said.

"If we are passive, the program from the central government won't come until our forests have totally been damaged," he said.

He urged the province administration to be serious in handling the issue and in the event the province was short of funds it could coordinate with the central government.

The legislator further said the fund allocated from the province budget for reforestation in South Sulawesi was very small.

Arudji expressed concern over the end of the reforestation movement program which absorbed a total fund of Rp 37.78 billion (US$4.19 million) in 2004.

In its implementation the program produced nothing, he said, adding that the only major thing to result from the program was a misuse of funds on the part of the related government offices.

The South Sumatra chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) disclosed recently that the province's reforestation program was full of problems ranging from corruption, false deeds, neglected lands, dead seedlings and stolen seedlings to collusion in the appointment of companies taking part in tenders to procure seedlings.

Walhi said the failure of the program was caused mainly by a failure to involve local people and the absence of clear-cut goals.

In its implementation the program resembled a physical project rather than environmental preservation, he said, adding this was evident in the reckless appointment of areas to be rehabilitated.

"The South Sumatra province administration is not serious in handling the reforestation program," Sri Lestari, head of the South Sumatra chapter of Walhi, said.

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