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Living in harmony with nature – International Day for Biological Diversity – 22 May 2012


Video Message from Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity

Biological diversity – or biodiversity – is the term given to the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms.  Read more by clicking here.

http://www.cbd.int/2010/biodiversity/

The Earth’s biological resources are vital to humanity’s economic and social development. As a result, there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems has never been so great as it is today. Species extinction caused by human activities continues at an alarming rate.  You can read information about what the Convention on Biological Diversity is, at the web page below.

http://www.cbd.int/history/

The Convention parties are signatory to a number of international Protocols and are members of a number of Convention bodies. For example, the Conference of the Parties (COP) is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic annual meetings.
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Animal Totems – Animal Guides – Animal Spirits

3 February 2013.  Please also see this post  here  which I have just added about finding your Animal Totems.

My inner animal totem is the Buffalo. In 2009 I participated in a workshop on Animal Telepathic Communication and went in a wonderful Medicine Wheel ceremony where I lay on the ground in one quadrant of the medicine wheel with people drumming and dancing around the wheel and the “shaman” chanting in the circle.   I felt a big crowd of animals all gather around me to say “hello” and I saw a group of buffalo and I put my consciousness into one of the buffalo and felt what it was like to run wild and free as a Buffalo.  The Buffalo symbol is often the inner symbol of people whom find all Life as sacred.

Animal Totems or Power animals are spirit guides in animal form. They are allies who can help steer us through life’s challenges and obstacles, if we recognise their existence and let their gentle subtle guidance steer or inspire us. In the traditional Native American Indian system, there are animal spirit guides in 9 directions around and below and above you. These nine animal spirits are with you throughout your entire incarnation / Life-time.
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Cell Biology – Cells, Tissues, Organs & Systems

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Animal cell diagram. From the textbook Human Biology

(Daniel Chiras, published Jones and Bartlett, 2002)

Living organisms can be divided into Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes.

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You can click  here  to see good diagrams showing Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cell differences.

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The Characteristics of Life – What is Life?

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The characteristics of living organisms, or Life on Earth, as we know it, follow.

1. Cells – all living things are made up of the building blocks of cells (apart from Prokaryotes)
2. Organization – cells are specialised or are grouped into tissues, and tissues into organs, organs into systems
3. Metabolism – living things consume and burn up” fuel and turn it into energy for functional use, through chemical reactions
4. Homeostasis – living things self-regulate their internal systems (such as core temperature) through feedback control, in order to adapt to one’s external environment
5. Heredity and Reproduction – lviing things reproduce or replicate and pass on their genetic material to their off-spring
6. Responsiveness – living things respond to stimuli
7. Growth – living things grow
8. Spiritual – a Soul animating a physical matter form (not usually mentioned as a characteristic, but one which I like to add)

There are 7 life processes.

1.  Movement – moving parts of the body
2.  Reproduction – producing offspring
3.  Sensitivity – responding and reacting
4.  Nutrition – getting food to stay alive
5.  Excretion – getting rid of waste
6.  Respiration (or photosynthesis) – turning food into energy
7. Growth – getting to adult size

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