A Kamloops group is among 15 finalists in B.C. and Ontario for the David Suzuki Foundation’s youth edition of the Future Ground Prize, presented by Desjardins Group and supported by Nature’s Way.
The finalists represent youth-led projects in Ontario and British Columbia working to build a green future.
Kamloops Hybrid Interact is a finalist for its Kamloops Community Forest initiative. The youth-led project promotes community connectivity through collaborative efforts and creates a space for wildlife habitat, a thriving ecosystem, a natural firebreak and cooling for the region. One of its goals is to plant forests using Indigenous knowledge and to educate people on the growth of Indigenous traditional foods and medicinal plants within the forest
The team is composed of youth volunteers mentored by adults from the Kamloops Hybrid Interact Club and Aberdeen Neighbourhood Association. The team's plan for the future is to continue planting trees, tend to the needs of the forest they created and develop a learning centre. Kamloops Hybrid Interact is a youth Rotary club focused on community and global involvement.
The 2022 Future Ground Prize includes three award categories, with a Grand Prize of $5,000 and a virtual meeting with David Suzuki. Voting for the People’s Choice Prize takes place from May 16 to June 13, when anyone in Ontario or B.C. can vote for their favourite young changemakers. The Grand Prize and Rising Stars Prize will be determined on June 14 by a jury of renowned Canadian environmental leaders and youth activists.
The Future Ground Prize winners will be announced at a virtual event on June 22, when they will also present their projects to David Suzuki and receive their prizes from Desjardins Group.
For more on the 15 youth Future Ground Prize finalists, visit davidsuzuki.org/future-ground-prize.