19 November 2014

Happy World Toilet Day

Did you know that today is World Toilet Day?

A whole day dedicated to where we do our poopies.  And a glorious chance for me to bang on about my favourite topic.

Giving a shit.

And I can say my daughters' word of the moment with gleeful abandon.


But it's a serious business.  This is actually a UN initiative.  Not a Geldof and Bono profile raising one. Because of the 7 billion people in the world, 2.5 million do not have access to improved sanitation.  1 billion still poop in the open.  Women and girls are regularly raped and abused while seeking privacy to answer nature's call. Toilet deprivation impacts education. Health. The staying alive thing.

In fact, sanitation is recognised as a global development priority.  That's right.

So giving a shit about people giving a shit is will literally transform lives.  If babies aren't busy dying of diarrhoea, kids aren't missing school because of illnesses caused by poor sanitation, if communities aren't living alongside rivers polluted with effluent - well you get the idea.  Toilets aren't just for fun.

Check out World Vision's piece on how a toilet keeps a kid in school
We're long time and slightly evangelical supporters of Who Gives A Crap - www.whogivesacrap.org - you go online, order a box of bog roll and they deliver it to you.  50% of all profits go to WaterAid to build toilets which means people don't die, get educated and all those other things we DO give a shit about. And they even have a code red so you know when it's time to reorder.

And for every dollar you invest in modern sanitation you save five on healthcare so it's like that shit's a bargain.  Singapore - pretty much universally acknowledged as one of the cleanest places in the world - was a cess pool only fifty years ago. Literally.

And there is a cute little video to show you that where you go matters.  Like shitloads.

So happy World Toilet Day.  Don't forget to give your own toilets some love today and be hugely appreciative of your access to that white shiny porcelain thing that makes you happy, clever and generally shit hot.

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