Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Climate protest lawyer sets himself on fire

Climate protest lawyer sets himself on fire

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

Early Saturday morning, people at Prospect Park noticed Buckel's body before first responders arrived on the scene.

Buckel said he wanted his death to lead to increased action, writing: "Honourable goal in life invites honourable objective in death".

It's a tragic shame that Buckel's life ended in such a way, knowing all the good he could have done for the world if he were still alive.

He left a note in a shopping cart nearby and had sent the same note by email to several media outlets, including the Times.

"Here is a hope that giving a life might bring some attention to the need for expanded actions, and help others give a voice to our home, and Earth is heard".

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In 1993 her served as the lead attorney for the lawsuit involving the murder of transgender teenager Brandon Teena.

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'.

A 1987 graduate of Cornell Law School, he served as marriage project director at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for LGBT rights.

Buckle, 60, a nationally recognized lawyer due to his fight for gay rights died after having set himself on fire as a way to protest.

Police pronounced Buckel dead at 6.30am.

New York Daily News notes that Buckel also argued against Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay leaders and for the establishment of a Utah high school's gay student club. The case was turned into Hilary Swank Movie Boys Don't Cry in 1999.

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He said that privilege comes with the suffering of others.

Tributes have begun to pour in for Buckel, with Lambda Legal calling his death a loss for the "entire movement for social justice".

In another pivotal case, Buckel won a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in 2006 acknowledging that gay couples are entitled to the same legal rights and financial benefits as heterosexual married couples.

Buckel ran the NYC Composting Project out of Red Hook Community Farm.

Adding, 'He was a very smart and methodical lawyer.

"He deserves tremendous thanks for recognizing this was in many ways at the heart of what it meant to be gay for many Americans and making it a priority", said Susan Sommer, a former attorney for Lambda Legal "I learned so much from him about the emotional center of what it means for a gay person not to be able to have all the protections for the person they love and that it's worth fighting for", she added.

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