Climate activist dies after setting himself on fire at US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) – A Colorado man who set himself on fire in entrance of the Supreme Court on Friday (April 22) in an obvious Earth Day protest in opposition to local weather change has died, police mentioned.

The Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., mentioned that Wynn Bruce, 50, of Boulder, Colorado, had died on Saturday from his accidents after being airlifted to a hospital following the incident. Members of his household couldn’t be reached instantly for remark.

Kritee Kanko, a local weather scientist at the Environmental Defence Fund and a Zen Buddhist priest in Boulder, mentioned that she is a pal of Bruce and that the self-immolation was a deliberate act of protest.

“This act is not suicide,” Kritee wrote on Twitter early on Sunday morning. “This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis.”

She later added that she was not fully sure of his intentions, however that “people are being driven to extreme amounts of climate grief and despair” and that “what I do not want to happen is that young people start thinking about self-immolation”.

Bruce had set himself on fire at the plaza in entrance of the Supreme Court at about 6.30pm on Friday (6.30am Saturday Singapore time), police and courtroom officers mentioned.

A video posted to Twitter by a Fox News reporter confirmed a National Park Service helicopter touchdown within the plaza to airlift Bruce to a close-by hospital.

The courtroom had heard arguments in late February on an essential environmental case that might limit and even remove the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate air pollution.

Bruce, who recognized as Buddhist, set himself on fire in an obvious imitation of Vietnamese monks who burned themselves to demise in protest in the course of the Vietnam War. A Facebook account that Kritee recognized as Bruce’s had commemorated the demise of Thich Nhat Hanh, an influential Zen Buddhist grasp and anti-war activist who died in January.

Other posts from Bruce’s Facebook account going again to April 2020 criticised “war profiteers”, then-president Donald Trump and collective inaction within the face of a worsening local weather disaster.

He additionally praised younger local weather activist Greta Thunberg, quoted King, and as not too long ago as March spoke of the “compassion” of Ukrainian refugees.

Kritee mentioned if she or another Buddhist instructor in Boulder had identified of his plan to set himself on fire, they might have discouraged him from doing so.

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