I – like most Australians – was in shock yesterday when hearing of Steve’s Irwin’s death.

Love him or hate him, the crocodile hunter provided a clear message of conservation to Australia and the world.

Today Steve Irwin’s father Bob said: “There’s never been anybody else that I know of that had the personality Steve had and the strength and the conviction of what he believed in and his message was conservation.”

He also said that the offer of a state funeral would be declined because Steve was “an ordinary guy, an ordinary bloke, and he wants to be remembered as an ordinary bloke”.

It’s a humbling decision to make.

But fighting for conservation isn’t humbling – it’s damn hard.

I think those who educate with passion about conservation are extraordinary. No wonder his family is proud – they have every right to be.

Steve’s strategies and tactics to educate the public about conversation were often way out of left-field and sometimes a bit ‘wacky’ but that was his charm wasn’t it?

Let’s hope his ‘green’ message lives on in the collective conscious of all Australians now that he is gone.

Steve doesn’t want taxpayers to foot the bill for his funeral so why not cough up a few bucks and donate to Wildlife Warriors Worldwide: http://www.wildlifewarriors.org.au/

All donations are applied directly to saving animals in the wild.

*Written and authorised by Elissa Jenkins, 26 Horan Street, West End, QLD 4101

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