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Meet Wynn Alan Bruce: Climate Activist Dies After Setting Himself on Fire

Wynn Alan Bruce, a 50-year-old climate activist who self-immolated outside the country’s highest court, Supreme Court on Earth Day died on 23rd April 2022.

He acted in protest of inaction on the issue related to climate change in Washington, D.C. He was airlifted and admitted to the hospital for treatment but could not survive.

The unfortunate incident happened at 6:30 pm on Friday. Bruce’s friend, Kritee Kanko, said on social media that this was a pre-planned protest.

She wrote on Twitter, “This guy was my friend. He meditated with our sangha. This act is not suicide. This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to the climate crisis. We are piecing together info but he had been planning it for at least one year. #wynnbruce I am so moved.”

Let us get into more details about the climate activist in our article below!

Early Life and Education

Wynn Alan Bruce was born in the year 1972. He studied at Front Range Community College and Community College of Denver. He launched his own studio, Bright And True Photography, and was working there until his death.

He earlier studied photography at the Metropolitan State University Of Denver. He was a Colorado photojournalist.

Personal Life

There is not much information available in the public domain about his personal life like family, wife, children, and so on. However, he does have a 42-year-old half-brother called Eric. Bruce was living in Boulder for more than two decades now. He identifies himself as Buddhist.

Association with Boulder Shambhala Center

Wynn Bruce was a member of the Boulder Shambhala Center, which is known to promote the Buddhist spiritual principle of mindfulness meditation to “build an enlightened society”. His social media handle is full of posts related to climate change and Buddhism. He used to share the teachings of Shambhala Buddhism on his Facebook page.

Two years back, Bruce posted about a free educational course in October 2020 about climate change. After one year he added a comment to that post saying, “4-1-1,” in 2021. He was referring to the directory-assistance telephone number used by citizens to call for information.

Planning for the day to self immolate

Last year he added a fire emoji to that comment as per the digital footprints available publicly. This month on 2nd April, Bruce added the date on which he will set himself on fire saying, “4-1-1 (fire emoji) 4/22/2022.” Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22 April.

Bruce was trying to imitate Vietnamese monks by setting himself on fire. During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese monks protested by burning themselves to death. His Facebook page commemorated the death of Thich Nhat Hanh, a prominent Zen Buddhist master and Anti-war activist who passed away in January.

Dr. K Kritee, a Buddhist priest from Boulder, confirmed that Mr. Bruce had been planning to burn himself for at least twelve months.

In late February, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a critical environmental issue that could restrict or even remove the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to control pollution.

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Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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