How Do You Celebrate World Toilet Day? To many in the United States and other western countries, World Toilet Day seems like a set up for a joke and not a likely candidate for a holiday. Unfortunately, November 19th is not as trivial or humorous as it may seem. World Toilet Day strives to draw attention to various sanitation issues around the world and work towards resolving them.
Proper sanitation was declared a basic human right in 2001, yet one in three people across the globe, some 2.4 billion people, do not have regular access to a toilet. Additionally, among those who do have such access, unclean and unsafe toilets pose problems such as contributing to the spread of diseases like cholera, typhoid, and hepatitis. In some parts of Africa, diarrhea from cholera is one of the leading killers of children.
Defecation in the open is also responsible for increasing the number of sexual assaults perpetrated on women and children. Furthermore, when young girls begin menstruating, the lack of privacy due to the dearth of toilet facilities forces them to stay home from school, thus limiting their chances of getting a primary education and a decent job in the future. Another issue is that toilets remain inadequate for populations with special needs, such as the disabled and elderly in developing countries. World Toilet Day’s goal is to allow everyone on the planet to take care of their most basic needs without having to fear for their safety and their health. See? Not very funny. World Toilet Day is very serious.
Proper sanitation was declared a basic human right in 2001, yet one in three people across the globe, some 2.4 billion people, do not have regular access to a toilet.
So how does one celebrate World Toilet Day? After telling others about it, tweeting and social media sharing it, and donating to the cause at http://www.worldtoiletday.info/, the next best thing is to celebrate with Toilet Trivia! Let’s start with the most thought-provoking:
- Here in the US, more than 6% of Alaskans are living without running water or sewage systems – no toilets to flush.
- There are more TVs in Afghanistan than there are toilets – 90% of the population has TVs while only 7% have flush toilets.
- There are about 7.5 billion humans on Earth, and one in three doesn’t have access to toilets or latrines.
- More people in the world have mobile phones than access to toilets.
- No one can avoid the call of nature – humans produce an average of 130 grams (4.59 ounces) of poop per day.
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