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)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tree planting another way to endorse forest conversions: Greenpeace

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 01/14/2010 9:41 PM

The government’s much-campaigned tree planting program may help endorse forest conversions by plantation firms in the country that would harm the country’s plans to slash carbon emissions from forestry sector, activists warned.

Greenpeace Indonesia criticized the government over its mitigation plans, which included industrial forest concessions (HTI) as a priority sector in the tree planting program.

“We worry the tree planting program is a way to hide conversion activity by plantation companies,” Bustar Maitar, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Forest Campaigner said Thursday.

He said that most plantations usually cut trees to clear land before replanting it, including Acacia trees.

“If planting Acacia trees is considered as part of climate mitigation, the government has made a public lie,” he said.

Forestry Ministry campaigned that 1 billion trees be planted this year as the country’s climate mitigation to cut emissions from the forestry sector.

The ministry’s mitigation agenda put the enhancing carbon stocks from planting trees including by the HTI and communal forest as top priority to meet the 14 percent emission cut from the forest.

It said that planting trees would be held in 5.8 million hectares of the HTI areas, including in Riau, Jambi and West Kalimantan.

The ministry also promised to combat illegal logging and reduce forest fires to slash emissions.

Greenpeace said that planting trees would never balance the deforestation rate, which reached over 1 million hectares per year.

Greenpeace forest campaigner, Yuyun Indradi said that clearing forest would also damage the ecological aspect of the forest.

“Replanting it would never return such an ecological aspect,” he said.

“The government’s proposal for the replanting program must mean ecosystem restoration, not more timber plantations.

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