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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
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Thursday, June 7, 2007

'Bring your own' the answer to plastic deluge

Prodita Sabarini, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

BYOB, for long the acronym behind any successful potluck party, now has a new meaning. The acronym, which commonly stands for "Bring Your Own Bottle", is slowly working its way into people's minds as "Bring Your Own Bag."

The worldwide grassroots movement to fight environmental destruction by reducing the use of plastic bags has entered Jakarta, albeit with baby steps. And BYOB is at the center of it.

Plastic bags are the most ubiquitous non-biodegradable material on earth. According to the website, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used around the world each year.

The raw material for plastic bags is petroleum. The bags themselves can take from anywhere between 15 to 1000 years to naturally break down.

Shoppers walking to the doorstep of (ak.'sa.ra) bookstore in Kemang, South Jakarta, are greeted with a simple white and green poster asking them to bring their own bag next time, if they want to help fight climate change.

"We give people the choice of using a reusable tote bag that they can purchase for Rp 10,000 or use our plastic bags if they don't bring their own," the bookstore's director of operations Adinda Simandjuntak said Monday.

Inspired by the Al Gore's eye-opening An Inconvenient Truth, (ak.'sa.ra) has tried to respond to the former U.S. Vice President's message by launching its own "Going Green" campaign.

And BYOB is a key part of the bookstore's campaign.

"With Al Gore's documentary we were shocked by the fact that things were not getting better," Adinda said.

The president of the Jakarta chapter of Friends of the Earth, Slamet Daroyni, told The Jakarta Post that dealing with the solid waste from plastic bags was a matter of urgency for Jakarta.

"Jakartans consume a huge amount of plastic bags. The recycling of plastic bags to produce other plastic products such as buckets is very dangerous for the environment. It releases dioxin into the environment ... The use of black plastic bags that are made of used plastic bags is unhealthy because it can cause cancer or respiratory problems, at the very least," he said.

"If we estimate that the population of Jakartans is 9 million people, in which 3 million go to mall every day. Two million shop and take at least three plastic bags home. That means six million plastic bags are brought home that day," he said.

Going off Slamet's reckoning, Jakartans would then use 730 million plastic bags each year, which would fill the city's dumpsters.

Adinda said (ak.'sa.ra) was not just a bookstore per se, but also a community center.

"It would be wrong for us to do nothing," she said.

Eveline, a 29-year-old book shopper forgot to bring her own bag Monday, but supported the idea.

"I haven't brought my own bag yet. But I do support the movement. I think it's a very good idea. If I buy small things I ask them not to use plastic bags and to just put the things into my bag," she said.

The efforts of (ak.'sa.ra) pale in comparison to supermarkets in European countries such as Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Germany that generally charge customers for carry bags, rather than give them away freely.

"We want to introduce the movement in a friendly way. We're not trying to force them to accept it. Otherwise, rather than embracing the movement, people will resist it," she said.

Eveline said that even though she supported the movement to reduce the use of plastic bags, she said she needed them to wrap her garbage at home.

Slamet said the concrete political will of lawmakers was needed to help change how people behaved toward the environment.

"People can leave plastic bags for wrapping garbage by using trash cans that separate organic and non-organic waste. But the city administration also has to provide garbage trucks that accommodate trash separation. This should be regulated for," he said.

Slamet said that with a good policy on trash, the government could encourage retailers to begin charging for plastic bags. A bill on trash is currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives.

San Francisco in the United States, for example, has now banned plastic bags from large supermarkets, the first city to do so.

"I'm sure that grassroots movements like BYOB can shape policy making into being more environmentally aware," he said.

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