‘I’m hopeful’: Jerome Foster, the 18-year-old helping to craft US climate policy

‘I’m hopeful’: Jerome Foster, the 18-year-old helping to craft US climate policy

The New York teenager has been included among a group of advisers to the president – a remarkable journey from protesting in front of the White House

If a week is a long time in politics, the past year has been an eternity for Jerome Foster. In the opening stanza of 2020, the 18-year-old was holding forlorn weekly protests outside the White House calling for action on the climate crisis. Now, he has been ushered into the seat of American power to help craft climate policy.

In a sign of the growing political clout of the youth climate movement that has blossomed around the world in recent years, Foster has been included among a group of advisers to Joe Biden who will inform the US president on issues related to environmental justice, where low-income communities and people of color face the greatest fallout from climate change and pollution.

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