New Future Ground Prize celebrates environmental and social leaders in Ontario

David Suzuki Foundation competition celebrates Ontarians building a better future from the ground up 

Facing a global pandemic and the twin climate and biodiversity crises, Ontarians aren’t letting up. They’re connecting with other Ontarians who are committed to building a better world, starting in their communities. These community leaders — people like you and me — are proving it’s possible to come together to tackle major crises and that often, it starts in your own community. 

This year, for the first time, the David Suzuki Foundation’s Future Ground Prize is celebrating and rewarding community leaders who are mobilizing to support the environment and their local communities.  

In April, contestants around the province entered the Future Ground Prize for their chance to win up to $5,000 and an exclusive virtual meeting with David Suzuki. With three prize categories — the Grand Prize, Youth Prize and People’s Choice Prize — all ages will be rewarded for their leadership. 

Until 12 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 15, people everywhere can vote for their favourite Youth and People’s Choice finalists. All voters will be entered into a draw to win one of three David Suzuki prize packs. Winners will be announced on June 16 at a live virtual event with David Suzuki and a special musical performance from Hannah Georgas.  

Meet the 2021 David Suzuki Foundation Future Ground Prize finalists!   

Grand Prize finalists  

  1. Ajashki — means “soil” in Algonquin language
  2. Indigenous Seeds of Hope — Planting our Future
  3. MealCare Guelph
  4. Milky Way Community Garden & Climate Hub
  5. OASIS Food Hub Project
  6. Ohneganos Let’s Talk Water
  7. Rural Urban Indigenous Farming Allies Now!
  8. Small Homes, Big Community Heart
  9. The Bike Brigade
  10. The Pandemic & Plastic — Tracking PPE Litter

Youth Prize finalists  

  1. Come Grow and Play
  2. Movers & Shakers Program
  3. Outdoor Learning Project
  4. Tree Planting with the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP)
  5. TreesCO2 — 1000 Trees 4 Every Youth 

The Future Ground Prize is proving that a real citizen-led movement to build a better — more just, healthier and sustainable — world is alive and growing. Join us in the celebration by voting for your favourite Future Ground Prize finalists today. We hope to see you on June 16!  



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