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Wynn Alan Bruce biography: 13 things about Boulder, Colorado climate activist


Wynn Alan Bruce was a resident of Boulder, Colorado, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. Aside from Boulder, he also lived in other parts of Colorado including Denver. He lived in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA and in different parts of Oregon, USA, including Portland and Salem.
  2. He is the son of Douglas A. Bruce Jr. and Holly Estes Bruce.
  3. As a photojournalist, he ran a portrait photography studio.
  4. A Buddhist, he practiced Shambhala Buddhism.
  5. As a climate activist, he took to Facebook to praise other activists including Greta Thunberg, who was born in Stockholm, Sweden in January 2003. He posted a photo of her on Facebook on January 9, 2022 with a caption, “What now adults?”
  6. On May 14, 2004, his grandfather Douglas A. Bruce Sr. died in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 93.
  7. From 2011 to 2014, he attended Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado. He also went to the Community College of Denver in Denver. 
  8. On October 30, 2020, he posted on Facebook a link to an edX class focused on the science of climate change. He commented “4-1-1” on the post in April 2021, edited the comment, adding a fire emoji, in October 2021 and edited it again on April 2, 2022 to add the date “4/22/2022”.
  9. On December 4, 2020, he shared on Facebook a Martin Luther King Jr. quote saying, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” On September 27, 2021, he commented on that post saying, “The People have heard/seen George Floyd – as a teacher of the importance of animating breath.🔥
  10. On January 22, 2022, he took to Facebook to pay tribute to Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk and peace activist Thích Nhất Hạnh, who published more than 160 books. Nhất Hạnh wrote in 1965 that “to burn oneself by fire is to prove that what one is saying is of the utmost importance” and died at age 95 on January 22, 2022.
  11. At around 6:30 p.m. on April 22, 2022, he lit himself on fire in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., USA. It was the 52nd Earth Day and he was reportedly protesting against the climate crisis. Medical helicopter rushed him to a hospital in Washington, D.C.
  12. On April 23, 2022, he died in the hospital.
  13. He died at the age of 50. He did not leave a suicide note or a manifesto.

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