Yoko Ono granted both the Icelandic nation and Indian scientist Dr. Vandana Shiva with the LennonOno Peace Award at the relighting of the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy island off Reykjavík on the occasion of John Lennon’s birthday yesterday.
“To my knowledge an entire nation has not been granted such an award before. I’m therefore rather proud of this idea of mine,” Ono said during the award ceremony yesterday, Fréttabladid reports.
Ono stated that the Icelandic nation had earned the award because of its devotion and pioneering work on harnessing geothermal energy and clean energy for decades. Dr. Shiva received the award for her work towards peace and environmental protection.
Each award comes with a gift of USD 50,000 (EUR 37,000).
The Imagine Peace Tower was established last year. The tower of light will be lit every year on Lennon’s birthday, October 9, and shine until the day he died, December 8. It will also be lit at special occasions like New Year’s Eve.
For one week starting yesterday, Ono is offering free ferry rides to Videy