Steve Irwin had brilliant plan to 'save the world' that's hard to disagree with
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Now, a heart-warming video showing the conservationist and TV personality speaking passionately about his love of animals has resurfaced - and to be honest, it's hard to disagree with him.
Watch the clip here:
In a 2004 TV interview alongside wife Terri, Irwin can be seen talking about his life's mission on Australian current affairs programme 60 Minutes.
He said: "What good is a fast car, a flash house and a gold plated dunny to me? Absolutely no good at all.
"I've been put on this planet to protect wildlife and wilderness areas, which in essence is going to help humanity.
"I want to have the purest oceans, I want to be able to drink water straight out of that creek, I want to stop the ozone layer, I want to save the world.
"And you know money's great, I can't get enough money and you know what I'm going to do with it? I'm going to buy wilderness areas with it. Every single cent I get goes straight into conservation."
Addressing the interviewer, Irwin added: "And guess what, Charles? I don't give a rip whose money it is mate. I'll use it and I'll spend it on buying land."
Irwin was the manager of Australia Zoo from 1991. He was also a vocal campaigner for wildlife conservation until he died in 2006 when he was fatally injured by a stingray barb while filming in the Great Barrier Reef.
At the time, he was attempting to capture footage for Bindi the Jungle Girl, a children’s nature series in development that his daughter would present.
After the loss of her dad, Bindi has followed in her father's footsteps and has also become a keen wildlife activist. Earlier this year she opened up about her dad on what would have been his 61st birthday.
Bindi penned a heartwarming message to honour her late dad, who passed away 17 years ago, as she wrote: "Happy Birthday, Dad.
"Thank you for instilling a love for all species, courage to follow my heart and determination to make a difference in the world for wildlife and wild places.
"Your legacy lives on and the world is forever changed because of your dedication to conservation. Mum, Robert and I love and miss you so much."