This is a bizarre one.
David Buckel, a prominent lawyer that worked on the “Boys Don’t Cry” rape murder case, intentionally set himself on fire in protest of global warming and climate change. His charred remains were discovered by people passing by, along with a suicide note.
The note was marked for the police and read,
“Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. 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.”
“Many who drive their own lives to help others often realize that they do not change what causes the need for their help,” Mr. Buckel wrote, adding that donating to organizations was not enough.
Noting that he was privileged with “good health to the final moment,” Mr. Buckel said he wanted his death to lead to increased action. “Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death,” he wrote.
Buckel also send his suicide note to The New York Times.
According to the New York Post, the people that saw the remains were horrified and a teacher passing by with a group of students had to shield them from the disturbing scene.
Buckel left his career as a high profile gay and transgender rights lawyer to become “an urban gardener and ecologist with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, helping run what he called the largest composting program in the country to use only renewable sources of energy.”
Sadly, he leaves behind a daughter and ex-wife who had no idea he was planning such a grisly and public display of protest.