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People featured freshman Jerome Foster II in "Meet Jerome Foster II, Teen Climate Hero and Greta Thunberg's Friend: Saving the Planet Is 'Up to Us'"

04/15/2021

People featured freshman Jerome Foster II in "Meet Jerome Foster II, Teen Climate Hero and Greta Thunberg's Friend: Saving the Planet Is 'Up to Us'"

Jerome Foster II is doing his part to save the world.

Though he's only a freshman in college, Foster already has some serious credibility as a climate activist. The 18-year-old from Washington D.C. is the founder of the Climate Reporter, a youth media website; the executive director of OneMillionOfUs, a youth voting advocacy group; and the youngest member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

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Now at Pace University in New York, Foster is determined to keep the pressure on politicians — and expects to do so until the planet is no longer in trouble.

"No one wants to be fighting for clean air in 2030," he says. "When you aren't able to plan for your future, you aren't able to feel secure. When everything is destabilizing and you don't have a fallback plan, that's incredibly devastating."

"Young people need to keep marching. We can't be complacent," he adds. "It's up to us to save our future."

Read the full People article.