Famed US lawyer burns himself alive to protest global warming

  • Famed US lawyer burns himself alive to protest global warming

Famed US lawyer burns himself alive to protest global warming

A prominent NY lawyer has died after setting himself on fire in Brooklyn's Prospect Park to protest against the use of fossil fuels.

The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found by passers-by in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

The New York Times reports that it received an emailed copy of Buckel's suicide note, in which he wrote that he hoped his death was an "honorable" one and that it "might serve others".

Buckel noted in his letter that he was fortunate to have "good health to the final moment", and added that he hoped his death would lead to increased action on environmental concerns.

Buckel had been the lead lawyer in the case of Brandon Teena, a transgender teen who police were found to have failed to protect after he was brutally raped and later, murdered in Nebraska.

The 1999 movie earned actress, Hilary Swank an Oscar for her portrayal of Teena.

Buckel was also the strategist behind same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.

"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", the email continued.

David Buckel's suicide notes were left inside an envelope labeled "for the police" placed inside a garbage bag left inside a shopping cart near the body.

"My name is David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide", the note reportedly said.

JoAnn Brandon eventually won a $98,000 claim against the county.

"Honourable objective in life invites honourable goal in death". "This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice", the group said in a statement.

'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.

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.

He also fought for the right of gay high-school students in Salt Lake City to organize a club, and argued against discrimination in the Boy Scoutss of America and the military.

Camilla Taylor, acting legal director at Lambda Legal, Mr Buckel's former employer, described him as a "brilliant legal visionary".