Today is the First World Toilet Day. Admit it. You laughed when you saw the toilet and thought “what the heck??” Another odd DAY. World Toilet Day… really? I know when I saw the post on Another Jennifer (who keeps me informed on all of the important Social Good things happening.)
I should have known about this one because I am a big supporter of WaterAid, who is behind this campaign. We all need clean water.
But really, there is nothing funny about World Toilet Day.
Where there are no toilets, people die. Clean water and sanitary conditions keep people healthy. Where there are poor sanitary conditions, people get sick.
It’s also an important issue in safety for women and girls as well. This may make you wonder “How do toilets help keep women and girls safe?” WaterAid released an important study today entitled “We Can’t Wait.”
Think about it – if you don’t have access to clean and private toilets, what would that mean?
Women and girls are particularly affected, being exposed to shame, disease, harassment or attacks that could be prevented by having basic sanitation available. Women and girls living without access to a toilet spend 97 billion hours each year looking for a place to go to the bathroom. ~WaterAid
Another interesting fact: only 1% of the world’s water is usable by humans. Clean water is an extremely limited resource, even though it seems so easily available to us in first world countries. Efficient toilets conserve this valuable resource.
This is your CALL TO ACTION.
It’s time to say Thank You to your loo… and learn more about what you can do to help.