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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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Friday, June 15, 2007

Farmers group wins Kalpataru for regreening

Slamet Susanto, The Jakarta Post, Sleman

Five years ago, Nganggring hamlet in Girikerto village, Turi, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, located some 10 kilometers from the peak of Mount Merapi, was a wasteland littered with disused sand mines found in most residential yards and nearby forestlands.

The Krasak River, which passes through the hamlet inhabited by around 800 people, is showered by tons of ash each time Mt. Merapi erupts. Merapi sand, which is renowned for its quality, has brought blessings to the local people.

ENVIRONMENTAL PIONEER: Sjambjah Samsinurrosyid,

leader of the Mandiri Farmers Group, poses for a
photograph next to his goat barn. JP/Slamet Susanto

However, a lust for money and a lack of environmental awareness led to some locals transforming their plots into sand mines to feed the construction sector.

"Six hectares of residents' land became a wasteland due to sand mining," said the leader of the Mandiri farmers group, Sjambjah Samsinurrosyid.

Concerned by the area's poor environmental condition, in 2003 Sjambjah motivated the farmers group to reclaim the disused mines and make concrete efforts to restore the area.

"The forested area around the Merapi is a catchment area. It does not only supply us with water, but also other areas in Yogyakarta province. If the area is damaged, all of us would be affected," he said.

Environmental destruction has also caused difficulties for residents unable to find grass, as most in Nganggring depend on livestock for their livelihood.

Through group discussions, villagers organized a money collection to rent a backhoe to level the land, on which they later grew trees such as sengon, mahogany and gaharu.

"We planted 700,000 trees of several varieties, 41,000 of which were donated while the rest we made available ourselves," Sjambjah said.

Thanks to hard work by the farmers, the wasteland is now a "green" area. To prevent the parcel from being damaged again, residents have mutually agreed to impose social penalties on whomever mines for sand in areas other than the river.

It was appropriate then that last week the farmers group received the Kalpataru Environmental Award from the Environment Ministry for its preservation efforts.

Sjambjah, a retired civil servant at the Sleman Education Office and husband of Rubiyah, said that in addition to the replantation program, his group is developing environment-based livestock breeding, food crop and horticulture cultivation, community-based forest management and fisheries.

Nganggring residents have formed groups to manage the activities -- 80 families are involved in livestock, 118 in forest management and 180 in food crop cultivation.

Now, 46 ha of residential land and 88 ha of community forestland have been replanted on a self-supporting basis since 1997. Residents have successfully planted 257,000 salak pondoh trees and 450,000 other tree varieties such as mahogany, duku, sengon and mango.

The replantation program is also having a positive impact on the livestock sector. Residents have built 80 goat pens on a 3-ha plot of land in the village to raise 1,000 Etawa goats. Under good management and superior stock, goats from the village have become highly sought after by farmers throughout the country.

The farmers group also concerns itself with non-environmental social issues. They have built their own water pipe network spanning six km to channel water to five neighborhood units or 100 families. They get their water supply from a spring on the slope of Mt. Merapi.

"We use the water for our daily household needs and livestock as well as the community forest," said Sjambjah.

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