Richard & Stephanie Hackett of Sea Mercy.
OCC Environment Award - 2021
Along with Sea Mercy’s motto of Sailing with a Greater Purpose, their primary goal with all of their programs is "To do no harm while doing good". To achieve this, they’ve built their disaster response programs around the use of portable solar- and generator-driven desalination units and reusable water filters, all delivered by their volunteer fleet of private yachts. This approach has not only reduced and/or eliminated the use of plastic water bottles where Sea Mercy programs operate, but it also allows them to deliver clean drinking water to stricken communities within days of a disaster and to continue to generate water for them until the need passes.