Wynn Bruce, an environmentalist, died after setting himself on fire outside the Supreme Court on Earth Day – apparently to raise awareness of the climate crisis.

A man who died Saturday after burning himself in the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. was an activist climate activist, according to social media posts by several people who have alleged to know him.

In April 2018, David Buckel, a lawyer and conservationist, doused himself in gas and set himself on fire at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Other teachers and leaders of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, where Bruce took part in meditations and other retreats, said that Buddhist teachers in the Boulder area did not understand his plans in advance.

In October of 2020, he posted a link to a free climate change course, the Denver Post reported.

He added a fire emoji and Bruce’s death date in a cryptic comment to an Oct. 2020 post about ‘irreversible climate change impacts,’

The incident comes as the Supreme Court is to rule on one of the most momentous cases since the climate crisis and the clean air crisis.

It was practised in South Vietnam to protest the Vietnam War and is still used by Tibetans.

Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay. (wikipedia)