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)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ecological disasters threaten W Sumatra

Antara News, Sunday, June 6, 2010 03:42 WIB

Padang, W Sumatra (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) said 19 districts in West Sumatra were vulnerable to ecological disasters due to ongoing environmental degradation.

"The potency of ecological disasters remains high in West Sumatra Province as a result of ongoing environmental damages," Executive Director of Walhi-West Sumatran office, Khalid Syaifulla, said.

Speaking to newsmen here Saturday in response to the 2010 World Environment Day, he said the provincial and district governments had yet to take serious measures to rescue the environment.

Due to its geographical typology, West Sumatra was vulnerable to such natural disasters as floods, landslides, and droughts.

Over the past five years, the West Sumatrans could be seen having undergone fatal flooding and landslides, he said.

In the first five months of 2010 alone, 21 floods and 12 landslides hit such cities and districts as Padang, Sawahlunto, Bukittinggi, Padang Panjang, Limapuluhkota, Sijunjung, Agam, Padang Pariaman, Pesisir Selatan, Solok, and Pasaman Barat.

These ecological disasters killed nine people and destroyed 600 hectares of farming and tens of houses, he said.

Khalid Syaifulla said West Sumatra was also located in the ring of fire belts in which the province had three volcanic mountains, namely Mt Tandikek, Mt Merapi, and Mt Talang.

Despite these latent threats, the local governments were not yet aware of the importance of having comprehensive policies to respond these challenges, he said.

Instead of making pro-people and sustainable development-oriented policies, local and central governments still facilitated those over-exploiting natural resources in West Sumatra, he said.

This year, the Mentawai Isles district government, for instance, had welcomed the opening of 79,000 hectares of palm plantation.

The West Sumatra provincial government had also proposed the change of protected land`s status into other functional status to smooth mining activities within 173,287 hectares of land, he said.

"In the future, West Sumatra will likely harvest various ecological disasters as a result of worsening environment and neglecting people`s safety," he said.

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