Jerome Foster II is doing his part to fight climate change.
The 19-year-old climate change activist has devoted his life to fighting for change and encouraging other youth to take action about issues in their communities and the world.
Foster has been improving his environment since before anyone knew. He says it started when he was five. He told people.com, “I had the opportunity to have a really deep connection with nature and just to go out and build that connection.”
At 14, he established TAU VR, an immersive technology company, which brought Virtual Reality Environments to life. Environments regarding climate change, American history, Latin American immigration to the United States, and more.
What an outstanding accomplishment! His newly founded idea impressed many. In September of 2017, he represented his school Washington Leadership Academy when featured on XQ Super School Live, which aired on nearly every major news network including NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBS.
Foster’s passion to improve Earth was noticed by several. In 2019, the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education selected Foster to attend Harvard University during his eleventh-grade summer, taking courses in International Environmental Governance, Policy, Social Justice, and Calculus II.
While this course-load may seem heavy to many, Foster had no problem with it. During his summer at Harvard, with the help of Divest Harvard organizers (a coalition of Harvard students, faculty, and alumni who fight for an exponential decrease in fossil fuel use), Foster organized hebdomadal climate demonstrations directly in front of Widener Library. These protests called for the university to stop benefiting from the fossil fuel industry.
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His organized demonstrations gained an additional 186 signatures for Divest Harvard. After returning from Harvard, Foster was met by American actress, political activist, and environmentalist Jane Fonda, who asked the 17-year-old to help establish Fire Drill Fridays (a weekly climate strike held in front of the U.S. Capitol Building).
One of Foster’s most inspiring achievements is founding the OneMillionOfUs in early 2019. The international non-profit youth voting and advocacy organization seeks to educate and empower a movement of young people to rise to the political stage locally and globally. The organization also created the Empowered Youth Coalition, which commits itself to represent five social movements: racial equality, gender equality, climate change, immigration reform, immigration reform, and gun violence.
Currently, Foster serves as an advisor on the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, providing advice and guidance on environmental injustice.
In the words of Jerome Foster II, “Civil Rights are Human Rights, and human rights are Environmental Rights… NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.”
By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy