Activist Burns Himself To Death To Protest Global Warming

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A man has taken his own life to share the message that global warming exists, and show its potential damage to humanity.

We’ve known this inconvenient truth ever since Leonardo DiCaprio put his Hollywood clout behind combatting its effects, around the same time as President Donald Trump said it didn’t exist because it was snowing in New York last year.

Really, whose side are you on? Just check this out:

There are loads of ways you can help stop global warming destroying the planet as we know it. Switch light bulbs, cycle to work, take fewer baths.

But, tragically, a green and LGBTQ+ activist died by suicide after setting himself on fire Saturday morning in New York's Prospect Park, Brooklyn in an act of protest against the ecological destruction of the Earth.

David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using 'fossil fuel' to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources say.

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Buckel, who was a pioneering lawyer for gay and transgender rights, wrote:

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. Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death.

Buckel sent his suicide note to a number of media outlets including The New York Times.

Buckel was the lead lawyer in a case in which police in Nebraska were found to have failed to protect Brandon Teena, a transgender teen who was assaulted, raped and later murdered.

Teena's story was the subject of the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry, for which Hilary Swank won an Academy Award.

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Buckel also worked as marriage project director and senior counsel at Lambda Legal, which fights for LGBT rights. Lambda's Camilla Taylor described Buckel as a 'legal visionary'.

She said in a statement:

His thoughtful and engaging advocacy broke through many stubborn misconceptions and showed it was possible and necessary for our movement to speak up for bullied, ostracised LGBT young people.

The team shared this touching tribute:

It reads:

Our thoughts and condolences go out to all those who loved David. We have lost a movement leader, a colleague, and a friend.

We will honor [sic] his life by continuing his fight for a better world.

After he retired from being a civil rights attorney, Buckel dedicated his time to developing various community compost sites in New York, with a view to environmental sustainability.

Buckel worked at the Added Value Red Hook Community Farm and served as senior Organics Recovery Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project.

The Brooklyn farm location composted 200 tons of organic waste per year.

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If any of the issues above have affected you, please don’t suffer in silence. Call Samaritans anytime, from any phone, free of charge on 116 123. In the US, call 1 (800) 273-TALK. In Australia, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If you have a story to tell, contact UNILAD via [email protected]