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Prominent Lawyer Sets Himself on Fire in Brooklyn to Protest Fossil Fuels

Prominent Lawyer Sets Himself on Fire in Brooklyn to Protest Fossil Fuels

"Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water, and weather".

As reported by the New York Times, Buckel's suicide note explained that in recent years the attorney had been moved by environmental causes.

Buckel said he wanted his death to lead to increased action, writing: "Honorable goal in life invites honorable objective in death". "Honorable goal in life invites honorable objective in death", he wrote. Image credit: Getty " Many who drive their own lives to help others often realize that they do not change what causes the need for their help", expressed Mr. Buckel on his note, adding that donating to organizations was not enough.

Buckel left a note nearby where his body was found.

Told Irena Ryjova, 44 who came past the 'mass" just after 7 am, an hour after Buckel burned himself, "It was just lying there, on its back, knees slightly bent like someone would lie on the sand at the beach'.

Buckel had a leading role in crucial same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa, while he served as marriage project director and senior counsel at Lambda Legal - which is a national organization that fights for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

A jogger who stumbled across the remains and shared photographs of them on Twitter before they were covered up by police said they were "freaked out" by the discovery.

Buckel 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 Scouts of America and the military.

The case attracted quite a lot of publicity and was even adapted into a movie, concentrating on Teena's life named "Boys Don't Cry", which won actress Hillary Swank an Academy Award.

He said that privilege comes with the suffering of others.

"David was a brilliant legal visionary". But he was best known as a champion of gay rights. He also served in an official capacity on the NYC Compost Project at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is right next to Prospect Park. "He knew his craft and his trade and was strategic in how to build the blocks toward a sweeping victory".

"David also led Lambda Legal's work to secure justice and accountability for the murder of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was brutally raped and then killed by his rapists after law enforcement failed to intervene", Taylor said.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to all those who loved David", Taylor concluded". David was a lovely human being who was universally kind to everyone at Lambda Legal, committed to his clients, and devoted to our work'.