With Apologies to Honest Abe

by Phil Holzinger

Fourscore and seven eons ago, our world brought forth a new species, conceived from the higher apes, and dedicated to the proposition that it could live in ecological harmony with the planet.

Now we are engaged in a great struggle, testing whether that species, or any such higher order species, can long endure in this world. Our generation is at a great crossroads of that struggle. We are here today to dedicate the remaining wild expanses of our planet to those who worked to preserve them so that this world of ours might live on. It is entirely proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense, it is not the work of past generations that will determine our fate, but rather the mindset of our present generation towards our planet. The world will little note what we say here, but will long remember what our actions were here: For our great purpose is to honor the legacy of those who dedicated their lives to preserving the natural wonders and ecosystems of our world for all future generations. We must here resolve that these people did not die in vain, and that this life-giving planet, this hallowed world upon which we make our home, shall not perish from the heavens.

About the Author

Phil Holzinger

Phil Holzinger was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and has a master’s degree in geology from the University of Delaware. He has worked as a geologist for a number of years. He has written three books, The Earth and How it Works (Prentice-Hall, 1986), The House of Science (John Wiley & Sons, 1990), and 50 Ways to Save Lancaster County(self published, 1997). He has been interested in environmental issues all his life. These essays are from a book he is currently writing to be titled "Eco-dude and other Environmental Adventures".