A gay man and attorney who worked on high-profile LGBT cases, including a challenge to the Boy Scouts’ ban on homosexual members, set himself on fire on Saturday at a public park in New York City to protest fossil fuels and climate change, according to a suicide note.

The charred remains of David Buckel were found by a jogger in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

The Daily Mail reported:

David Buckel, 60, was found in the park at 6.30 a.m. on Saturday before hundreds descended on it to enjoy the warm spring weather.

He left a note in a bag for police which read: ‘My name is David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide.

“I apologize to you for the mess,” the note said.

“He was protesting over climate change, his note read, and the dramatic method was intended as a metaphor for how fossil fuels are destroying the planet,” the Mail reported.

“My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves,” the New York Daily News reported his suicide note said.

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