World Toilet Day
This Friday people around our globe will celebrate World Toilet Day thanks to the World Toilet Organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving world sanitation and toilet conditions. Although we live in a “modern” world, around 2.6 BILLION people lack a proper place to use the restroom, leaving them to defecate out in the open by rivers, streams, train tracks, etc. This epidemic causes around 1.8 million children to die every year, according to WHO/UNICEF. Lack of sanitation is no joke, it is one of the leading causes of infection because one gram of feces can contain 10 million viruses, 1,000 parasite cysts, and 100 parasite eggs. If people around the world could safely dispose of their feces, there would be a 40% drop in the cases of children catching diarrheal diseases.
What’s important to remember is that a “toilet” is not just a shinny, pearly white porcelain seat, but can be as simple as a hole in the ground. If we are to solve the world’s toilet crisis, we have to think outside of our own realm of culture. Composting latrines are a great option for rural dwellers, as their feces turns into great compost that they can use in their fields.
More about the World Toilet Organization:
- “is also one of the few organizations to focus on toilets instead of water, which receives more attention and resources under the common subject of sanitation. Founded in 2001 with 15 members, it now has 235 member organizations in 58 countries working towards eliminating the toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation.
- WTO was created as a global network and service platform wherein all toilet and sanitation organizations can learn from one another and leverage on media and global support that in turn can influence governments to promote sound sanitation and public health policies.
- WTO is the organizer of the very successful series of World Toilet Summits and World Toilet Expo and Forum. To-date, 9 World Toilet Summits and 2 World Toilet Expo & Forum have been hosted in 10 different cities around the world. Each summit addresses the critical issues of toilet and sanitation from technologies, development, funding, to design, maintenance, social entrepreneurship, capacity building, research and various other related topics, creating massive media coverage and momentum.
- WTO also declared its founding day of November 19 as “World Toilet Day” and this is now being celebrated by members all over the world. Thus increasing awareness and generating local action for better sanitation.”
If you want to get involved and live in San Marcos or the surrounding area, the WaterAid Chapter will be in the Quad on the Texas State campus on Thursday November 18th raising awareness for WTD. We will have a table of information and free goodies to hopefully get more people involved and aware of what’s going on.
If you don’t live in San Marcos and want to get involved, click HERE.