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, April 23, 2010

RI Starts Looking At Green Economy Strategy

Antara News, Fardah, Friday, April 23, 2010 16:34 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono when addressing the Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Bali last February, called for the adoption of a green economy development strategy which was pro-growth, pro-job and pro-poor.

"Striving for a Green Economy, we will more quickly mainstream ecological concerns into our economic decision-making. This can ensure sustainable and inclusive growth and the achievement of the MDGs. Thus we have a clear opportunity to reshape our economic systems and to introduce 'green growth' as a global paradigm," he told roughly 100 environment ministers attending the forum.

About two months after the president`s speech, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, also in Bali, last April 20, 2010, announced that the Second United Indonesia Cabinet had launched a green economic program.

"The green economic program is part of Indonesia`s sustainable development plan which is pro-growth, pro-job, and pro-poor," the finance minister told the press at the Tampak Siring presidential palace, Bali, early this week.

However, Indonesia needs technological innovations, and competitive as well as productive data for the creation of a green economy, she added.

"In a working group with a number of technologists, innovators and private businessmen we discussed efforts to improve competitive and productive data, as well as technological innovations in order to strengthen our green economy efforts," the finance minister said.

The government plans to intensify synergy and partnership with research and development institutions to form an innovative development forum.

To support the efforts to achieve a green economy, the cabinet had drawn up programs on food resilience through implementation of sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry management, efficiency and renewable energy usage, clean technology support, waste management, efficient and low carbon transportation management and green infrastructure development.

Sri Mulyani was at Tampak Siring Palace early this week to attend a national coordinating meeting chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and participated in by all cabinet ministers, governors, provincial legislative councils (DPRD) chairmen, state enterprises (BUMN) leaders, and state institution officials.

A green economy is a new paradigm that, in many ways, is beginning to be seen globally.

The world is slowly moving towards a green economy, according to Economist Pahvan Sukdhev, who is a special adviser to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)`s Green Economy Initiative.

"And, what you see is a new economy breaking through what`s breaking down : that heavy, industrialized, over-ambitious, over-productive, over-consumptive model, which is actually going to completely destroy our chances of survival in the future. And, what the green economy is, it`s an alternative that doesn`t do all that," Pahvan said at the Global Ministerial Environment Forum organized by UNEP in Bali, last February.

Pahvan Sukdhev said that the green economy can generate growth. The International Lthe abor Organization estimates that renewable energy could generate up to 20 million new jobs, if it were to represent 30 percent of the worldwide energy output.

Malaysia, Indonesia`s immediate neighbor, also looks at the potential of developing green technology as a future contributor to the country`s economy.

The country would need to address legislation issues in order for the renewable energy industry to be able to gain revenue and contribute to the country, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Mukhriz Mahathir said in Kuala Lumpur, recently.

For now, the green technology only plays a minimal part in Malaysia`s economy compared to other countries like Germany and Korea, he said.

Green economy is necessary because of Malaysia`s commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emission up to 40 per cent by 2020, he said.

South Korea has been considered a leading country in terms of green growth in the international community. President Lee Myung-bak signed the Framework Act on Low Carbon Green Growth on Jan. 13, 2010.

In close collaboration with private enterprises, the Lee Myung-bak administration will invest some 107 trillion won ($95 billion) to implement the green growth policy based on its grand five-year plan from 2009 to 2013, for the sake of creating new growth engines and helping the nation`s industries adapt to climate change.

In December 2007, in fact, when Bali was about to host the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders to create a global framework to promote green economics and development.

Writing an Op-Ed in The Washington Post early December 2007, the Secretary-General said "Handled correctly, our fight against global warming could set the stage for an eco-friendly transformation of the global economy - one that spurs growth and development rather than crimps it, as many nations fear."

Like the Industrial Revolution, the technology revolution and the modern era of globalization, the Secretary-General observed that the world is on the cusp of a new age of green economics.

Ban said that rather than suffer from a transition to a green economy, growth may in fact gain momentum through the creation of new jobs as investment in zero-greenhouse gas energy surges.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has estimated that global investment in zero-greenhouse energy will reach $1.9 trillion by 2020 - a figure the Secretary-General called "seed money for a wholesale reconfiguration of the global industry."

As for Indonesia, a study analyzing the impacts of switching to a low-carbon economy has shown that investing more in energy efficiency, reducing the use of coal-based fuels and stopping deforestation, could improve per capita incomes and help ease the level of unemployment.

The joint study was carried out by Padjadjaran University, the Center for Economic and Development Studies (CEDS), Strategic Asia and the office of the State Minister for the Environment.

The study found that these benefits would be gained by increasing energy efficiency by 25 percent, reducing the use of coal-based fuels by 50%, implementing a US$50 per ton tax on carbon production, and reducing the rate of deforestation by 10 percent.

"The environmental and economic benefits of such measures are huge. It would cut 177 million tons of CO2 emissions and increase GDP by 2.7 percent [Rp 133 trillion] per year," Arief Anshory Yusuf, a researcher from Padjadjaran University told The Jakarta Post.

Yusuf said that green economy benefits could create new jobs for more than 3 million people, and the number of poor people would be reduced by more than 4 million per year.

Meanwhile, Pahvan Sukdhev believed that the change called for to create green economies is on a scale similar to the industrial revolution, but with a heightened sense of urgency, because of the threat of climate change.

He also believed that GDP growth is never a solution to poverty. However, he reminded that educating the public is important, but above all, a green economy requires a high political commitment that the world has yet to show.

Indonesia`s green economy strategy is still in a very early stage, but it should be implemented seriously and soon if the government wants to meet its commitment to a voluntary gas emission reduction target of 26 percent on a business-as-usual basis by 2020, or 41 percent with enhanced international assistance.

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