United States lawyer dies after setting himself on fire in climate protest
United States lawyer dies after setting himself on fire in climate protest
Prominent LGBTQ Lawyer Sets Self On Fire In 'Protest Suicide' Of Climate Change
16 April, 2018, 14:53
"I apologize to you for the mess", the note reportedly read. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Teena in the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry".
The New York Times revealed it had received an emailed copy of the note, which also said: 'Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result - my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves'.
David Buckel, 60, has died after lighting himself on fire in protest of fossil fuels. "We will honor his life by continuing his fight for a better world". He was an urban gardener at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, running a large-scale composting operation.
Buckel apparently left the note in a shopping cart in close proximity to where his remains would be found the following day. Honorable objective in life invites honorable purchase in death.
His final note said he had "good health to the final moment", but wanted others to be spurred to action, according to the Times: "Honorable objective in life invites honorable goal in death".
He'd been doing the work for years - Buckel worked on Brandon v. County of Richardson - where the sheriff's office in 2001 was found liable for failing to protect Teena.
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"This is not new, as many have chose to give a life based on the view that no other action can most meaningfully address the harm they see", he wrote. "I hope it is an honorable death that might serve others".
"The decision vindicated David's firm belief that we could win such cases even in the heartland, and propelled us to victories elsewhere", Taylor said of the case.
The Brooklyn man was burned from head to toe by the time the FDNY arrived. His body was discovered when firefighters responded to reports of a fire in Prospect Park.
As a proponent of community composting Buckel worked at the Added Value Red Hook Community Farm and served as senior Organics Recovery Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project.
New York Daily News notes that Buckel also argued against Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay leaders and for the establishment of a Utah high school's gay student club. "This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice", Camilla Taylor, the group's director of constitutional litigation, said in a statement.
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