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Friday, September 08, 2006

God Bless Steve Irwin

Eventually, some people may find Steve Irwin’s death by a stingray barb ironic given his lifelong dedication to conserving the world’s wildlife. It will always be seen as tragic; he had many more years ahead of him to spread the good word about our responsibility to save the world from ecological abuse. He has been denied the privilege to live out those years with his young family, and now it’s left to the rest of us to carry on his work.

Various tributes have noted his exuberance, his vitality with which he lived his life and worked to complete his mission. That mission was nothing less than for people to understand all of the Earth’s creatures – no matter how beautiful, dangerous or ugly – around us. It was easy to see the love and passion he had for our planet and all of its inhabitants.

Educating all of us about the world’s creatures is just one part of the legacy he left behind. We should pay attention to preserving all of the world ecosystems since they will affect these creatures. It should stand to reason that anything that adversely affects the world’s wildlife will eventually move up the food chain and adversely affect mankind.

Remarkably, there are people who will dispute this common sense. There are those among us who believe that no special attention should be paid to the environment, that the nations of the world should not have to enact special laws (i.e., global warming) to protect it. I’ll call this attitude Falwellian, after Jerry Falwell, since he has defined this idea as a part of his version of born-again Christianity.

The Reverend Falwell believes that we don’t need to save the Earth since God has promised us a better world. Well, I got some news for you, Jerbeaux. Before God gives us this better world, there will be many generations of children who will be born, and will deserve to grow up in a clean, ecologically complete environment. Steve Irwin realized this and he spent his entire life teaching us this idea. His death is not only a loss to conservation efforts, but also to the world, and to all of us that live in it.

May God bless you, Mr. Irwin.


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