Wynn Alan Bruce set himself on fire in the plaza of the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2022. One of Bruce’s acquaintances described the fatal self-immolation, which occurred on Earth Day, as a protest against the climate problem.

Who is Wynn Alan Bruce?

Wynn Alan Bruce, a Boulder, Colorado resident, was 50 years old. Bruce was a Buddhist who followed the Shambhala Buddhist path. He was a photojournalist and portrait photographer who attended Front Range Community College and Community College of Denver.

Bruce displayed his deep worry about climate change on his Facebook account in the years leading up to his self-immolation, posting relevant news stories and supporting activists like Greta Thunberg.

He started using the account in April 2020 to criticize public inactivity in the face of the climate crisis.

On October 30, 2020, Bruce sent a link to an edX course on climate change science.

In April 2021, Bruce commented “4-1-1” on the post; in October 2021, he edited the comment, adding a fire emoji. On April 2, 2022, he edited the comment again to add the date “4/22/2022”.

Additionally, in January 2022, Bruce posted a photo of antiwar activist Thích Nhất Hạnh, who had written in 1965 that “to burn oneself by fire is to prove that what one is saying is of the utmost importance”.

Wynn Alan Bruce self-immolation

Bruce self-immolated in the plaza of the United States Supreme Court Building around 6:30 p.m. on April 22, 2022 (Earth Day).

On Twitter, footage showed police officers immediately extinguishing Bruce’s fire. No one else was hurt.

He was transported to a hospital by a National Park Service chopper minutes after committing self-immolation. As a result of his injuries, Bruce died the next day.

The area surrounding the plaza was closed to the public by the Supreme Court Police, the United States Capitol Police, and the Metropolitan Police Department, citing the necessity for additional investigation; two streets were momentarily closed but reopened the next day.

Reactions

Bruce’s neighbors told KMGH-TV that they were uncertain how Bruce got to Washington, D.C., stating that he was unable to drive because of a childhood injury to his leg and head.

Following his death, Bruce’s Facebook page became a site for messages from climate activists and his friends. The Independent reported that environmental activists were planning a vigil for him.

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