Jerome Foster II is a 17-year-old African-American climate change activist, virtual reality & artificial intelligence developer & business owner, and harvard environmental law dual-enrollment highschool student, and MIT climate science dual-enrollment student. Jerome leds strikes in front of the White and Capitol with Jane Fonda. He coordinated and led the climate march from the White House to the Supreme Court as apart of Greta Thunberg's Climate Strikes Movement. Jerome is the Founder and Executive Director of OneMillionOfUs which is mobilizing a new generation to young people to register and turnout to vote in the 2020 Elections. He is also a Smithsonian Ambassador, a National Geographic Icelandic Explorer, a Certified Climate Reality Leader, and interned for Congressman John Lewis at the House of Representatives for 5 months. Jerome in 10th Grade founded a now international youth-led climate focused news outlet called The Climate Reporter which has writers out of 11 countries. Jerome has won the World Series of Entrepreneurship and has been featured in TIME Magazine, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Teen Vogue, Telemundo, ELLE, Axios, VICELAND, and many other news outlets. He also has been awarded the Amnesty International Ambassdors of Conscience Highest Human Rights Award alongside Greta Thunberg and other youth climate leaders. Jerome has written op-eds on Yes! Magazine, E&E News, and UNICEF and has spoken on a panel at the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, interviewed with Vice President Al Gore.
Invited as the youth keynote speaker for the United Nations First Annual Youth Climate Summit at their headquarters in New York City.
This is a global news blog that reports weekly about the events that affect our climate. I started this blog to document things that I care about especially in regards to our ever changing environment.
Developed Virtual Reality Environment for Congressman John Lewis’ Annual Crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Completed a compare and contrast evaluation of proposed financial reform House bill which involved providing an impact assessment; introduced to the House of Representatives. Provided logistical support to the Washington DC Office such as letter written, gathering signatures from Congressional members to co-sponsor legislation. Meet with Congressional members regarding signatures to co-sponsor new legislation which advocated for free public college education.
International Ambassador presenting presentation teaching people to lessen their carbon footprint and educating about the climate crisis.
Developed a Virtual Reality environment telling the story of a young migrant girl traveling the arduous journey from Guatemala to Southern Texas.
Coordinated with city-wide elected officials, community organizers, business leaders, and conservationists to coordinate the logistics of strategic initiatives to reduce Washington DC’s carbon footprint. Testified in front of and meet with DC Council Members to advocate for the passage of the Clean Energy DC Act which after 14 hours of testifying and three weeks of meetings, we gained unanimous support to pass the largest decarbonization legislation bill in the nation which made Washington DC win several awards for its leadership in sustainability. Currently, Washington DC is one of the world’s most sustainable cities in the world thanks to the work that is continually done as a result of the Clean Energy DC Act.
Delegated article creation for youth journalists from 11 countries. Liaised with frontline communities and recruited youth/adult writers to tell the story of how their community is being impacted by the climate crisis. Fostered partnerships with youth-led & indigenous-led environmental organizations for partnerships.
Apart from being a virtual reality developer, Jerome is also very passtionate about styming the climate crisis. When Jerome became interested in Computer Science, he was not only excited about coding, but he got excited thinking about how computer science could be used to envoke empathy, provide mass insight, and expand grassroots movements.
Jerome believes that computer science is the catalyst to changing things from being scarce to abundant. Gives examples such as abundant education on green technology, abundant access to clean water based on AI intelligence to generate fresh water from salt water and countless other possibilities. He explained that computer science is as much about coding as it is problem solving and the problem he wishes to solve is the Climate Crisis as well as other civic issues. One of his main life goals is to help change the world from being a technological titan and ethical child to being a titan in both.