Don’t Do This: Climate Activist Burns Himself, and No One Noticed

April 24, 2022

Don’t do this.
If you’re this motivated, we need you. Call me, for God’s sake and I’ll give you something useful to do.

The Blast:

 A man set himself on fire in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. on Earth Day in what appears to be a move to protest climate change, judging by his social media posts.

The police identified the man as Wynn Bruce, 50, of Boulder, Colorado. He reportedly died of his injuries after being airlifted to a hospital following the incident. The court said through CBS News that the man set himself on fire in the plaza in front of the Supreme Court building.

Although the outlet did not disclose the man’s motivation for setting himself on fire, it appears to be due to climate change.

One user, Rebecca Field, shared a Facebook screenshot of Wynn Alan Bruce’s Facebook account, which showed him sharing a post titled “Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact.” In the comments, Wynn apparently wrote 4-1-1[fire-emoji]4/22/2022.”

I think it’s a mistake, actually, to give too much air to this. Can’t emphasize enough, folks, if you or anyone you know if thinking of something like this, there is help out there.

I don’t buy the Buddhist gloss over this at all. This movement is about life.
Saddest of all, the only way anything like this could possibly ever have any effect whatever, would have been massive graphic coverage by major media, which totally did not happen.

The whole thing sank with barely a ripple.

4 Responses to “Don’t Do This: Climate Activist Burns Himself, and No One Noticed”


  1. I agree taking our own lives, in protest in frustration over the lack fo an adequate response, does not make sense as long as we can use the life we have to push for action.

    But the last few months have been rough, with Biden and lots of other Democrats deciding to privilege access to fossil fuels over concerns with the climate crisis.

    With this scenario, where does one turn, or who should we support if we want to see real climate policy enacted? Forget the Republicans, for sure. But really when the going gets tough the Democrats also just fail to show resolve, and back away from articulating a strategy on climate.

    So I do understand the desperation.

  2. ubrew12 Says:

    I don’t think Buddhist monks setting themselves on fire ended the Vietnam War. Honest reporting on was happening there did. The giant sequoia, the coral reefs, the Joshua trees, tropical rainforest, will all die un-mourned without reportage. Our goal, now, is to create empathy, in people who are trained by Fox News to be unempathetic to anything outside their circle of ‘saved souls’.

    You win by penetrating that circle with some reality about what is going on in the real world.

  3. Ron Benenati Says:

    RIP Wynn Bruce
    Climate Casualty

  4. redskylite Says:

    While self immolating monks did shock and maybe have an strong impact in the 1960’s, I’m afraid we have gotten hardened in the first quarter of the 21st century, after seeing conflict and loss of life, in many places, such as Syria and lately Ukraine. As “Ubrew” states above several organisms are quietly declining and slipping away without much notice. Sad times indeed, but please do not protest so violently as it is a wanton waste of life.


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