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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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Monday, November 29, 2010

Japan spreads the satoyama message

CNN News, By Matthew Knight for CNN, November 29, 2010

The Satoyama Initiative takes its name from the satoyama landscape
which has been farmed sustainably for centuries in Japan.

  • Satoyama Initiative trying to promote traditional Japanese land use around the world
  • Satoyama landscape is land which lies at the "interface of nature and human settlement"
  • Preserving rural farmland key to overall mission to preserve biodiversity
  • Recent U.N. biodiversity summit recognized its importance as a tool to preserve habitats

London, England (CNN) -- It is a country that provides the world with much of its modern technology, but Japan is now adding some old-fashioned rural wisdom to its exports list in an effort to stem nature loss around the world.

The Satoyama Initiative has been set up by Japan's Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in an attempt to promote traditional Japanese land conservation around the world.

While its widely recognized that conservation of unspoilt wildernesses is vital to preserve eco-systems, the fight to preserve and promote biodiversity in human-influenced habitats is equally urgent.

And that's where the Satoyama Initiative hopes to help, advocating a vision of "sustainable rural societies in harmony with nature."


The initiative takes its name from the Japanese word for the landscapes located between villages (sato) and the mountains (yama) which have for centuries fostered rich biodiversity thanks to continued human management of the land.

According to Masahito Yoshida, chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Japan, satoyama covers 60 percent of the land.

These landscapes vary in use, but all provide a dual service.

Paddy fields and the ponds and ditches which irrigate them not only provide a staple of the Japanese diet but also function as wetland habitats for wildlife.

Managed woodlands harvested for firewood and charcoal also provide ideal habitats for many species of wildflowers, while the vast expanses of pasture and grassland are home to small mammals, birds and insects.

Fumiko Nakao, fellow of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies told CNN: "These areas are at the interface of nature and human settlement, and most of these landscapes are facing challenges."

Increasing urbanization and industrialization has seen the agricultural workforce in Japan shrink from 45.5 percent in 1950 to just seven percent today, according to UNU-IAS.

And that workforce is increasingly old, as the young flee to the cities in search of better paid jobs.

Nakao says the principal aim of the Satoyama Initiative is to examine rural areas threatened with overuse or neglect and highlight new activities which can revitalize them.

Over the last three years the initiative has been compiling case studies from all over the world -- including Malaysia, Peru, Kenya, Australia, Spain and the United States -- shining a light on sustainable rural practices which adhere to the spirit of satoyama landscapes.

Back in Japan, the initiative is tracking the progress of several projects where communities and land are being brought back to life.

Nakao highlights the example of Kyotango City, a mountainous rural area in the Kyoto Prefecture, where the construction of a new biogas power plant in 2007 and a forest dairy farming scheme is helping revitalize the local economy.

Furthermore, a liquid fertilizer -- a byproduct of biogas production -- is replacing chemical sprays, opening up new and potentially profitable markets in organic produce.

And as the land returns to use, so wildlife habitats are beginning to prosper again.

The Satoyama Initiative received a boost at the recent U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) talks in Nagoya, Japan where it was officially recognized as "a potentially useful tool to better understand and support human-influenced natural environments for the benefit of biodiversity and human well-being."

Josephine Langley, an IUCN scientist who attended the U.N.'s biodiversity summit believes the satoyama landscape represents some of the "fundamental principles" of the CBD.

"The Satoyama Initiative and the satoyama a way to recognize traditional knowledge of people who are actually doing the management of biodiversity on a day to day basis," Langley said.

"It's not just conservation, it is sustainable use. They are feeding themselves, they are feeding the communities around them and they are maintaining a landscape they value and is a really fundamental part of Japanese culture."

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