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)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Regional ordinances in Java still not eco-friendly: study

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Over two-thirds of 278 existing regional ordinances across Java island are not eco-friendly, allowing locals to exploit natural resources without environmental controls, a study has said.

The 2007 study, conducted by Hariadi Kartodiharjo of the office of the coordinating minister for the economy, found most local authorities issued ordinances focused on raising cash for their budgets.

"The ordinances are oriented mainly on business permits, tax and the use of natural resources, without examining environmental limits," he said.

It said 60 percent of the reviewed ordinances did not calculate environmental impacts from exploitation activities of natural resources.

"The regional ordinances did not examine impacts on water resources or the maximum limit of water that could be drilled," he said.

The study also checked whether local administrations had used public or non-governmental organizations to enforce the ordinances.

"Most of 'exploitative' ordinances don't involve the public and activists," he said.

The study will be presented to the coordinating minister for the economy Feb. 21.

A year earlier, Hariadi reviewed 109 ordinances, about 60 percent of which were deemed not eco-friendly.

"I think the government should formulate standards of the ordinances that also would protect the environment," he said.

Many criticized the regional ordinances for creating a high cost economy that disrupted the business climate.

"The Home Affairs Ministry has annulled thousands of regional ordinances that violated the (higher) law and caused a high cost economy," he said.

"But the office has yet to review the impacts of ordinances on environmental conditions," he added.

Hariadi, who is also chairman of the National Forestry Council, said the regional ordinances could play a crucial role in protecting the environment, particularly in the aftermath of regional autonomy.

The autonomy law gives power to local administrations to manage their areas and raise money for their budgets.

A series of natural disasters, including floods, landslides and drought hit the country every year.

Experts predicted natural disasters would become increasingly common due to the poor land-use management across the country.

"We often hear high-ranking officials order the people to plant more trees in response to natural disasters.... It seems very easy but they forget they are facing ordinances which are not pro-environment," he said.

A study by the state minister for the environment previously indicated Java was the area most prone to water-related disasters. It said 603 areas in East Java, 531 in Central Java and 430 in West Java were very vulnerable to floods and landslides.

West Java experienced 77 landslides between 2003 and 2005, killing 166 people.

Hariadi said he would also analyze regional ordinances related to the country's forestry sector this year.

The National Forestry Council and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote good governance and policy in the forest sector.

The TNC said by 2015 it would work with 180 forest concessions (HPH), mainly in Kalimantan, Papua and Sulawesi, to promote effective forest conservation.

"We have so far cooperated with nine HPH holders to promote forest conservation," TNC country director Rili Djohani said.

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