This past Friday, September 16, Minister of Environment, Energy, and Climate Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson awarded the 13th annual Nature Conservation Award to Ómar Ragnarsson.
A pioneer for green energy
Ómar, an entertainer and activist, is well-known throughout Iceland for his work in raising environmental awareness. His work in advocating for nature conservation in Iceland is actually the grounds for the prize being award on September 16, his birthday.
Among Ómar’s many other climate actions, he organized a protest walk against the controversial Kárahnjúkar hydroelectric dam and also rode an e-bike from Reykjavík to Akureyri at the age of 75 to advocate for the energy change.
The minister highlighted Ómar’s ability draw attention to environmental issues in an engaging way.
“Icelandic nature would be so much poorer if it weren’t for passionate people who are ready to give everything for it,” Guðlaugur stated at the ceremony. “I, like many Icelanders, am lucky enough to have had Ómar as a window into things that are so incredibly important but few care about. Individuals matter and Ómar Ragnarsson is a clear example of that. It will never be possible to measure what he has done, in his unique way, for Icelandic nature. My generation and many others got to know the nature of Iceland because of the interest and energy of Ómar Ragnarsson. For that I am grateful.”