World Toliet Day: Sanitation Matters

Image Source: The Christian Science Monitor

World Toilet Day came and went a few weeks ago, unnoticed by many. Created back in 2001 to raise global awareness of the struggle billions face every day without access to clean sanitation – World Toilet Day has still failed to gain the same level of public interest achieved by other international awareness events (such as World Water Day on March 22nd).

Why World Toilet Day?

Water contamination is one of the fastest growing threats to life as we know it worldwide – and a significant amount of contamination is directly related to human sewage.

According to the World Toilet Organization, “Over a billion of the 6 billion people in the world are served by sewerage systems but much of this sewerage is discharged into rivers, lakes and the sea with little or no treatment.”

  • Roughly 2.5 billion people do not have access to a toilet worldwide
  • Over a billion people are still defecating in the open
  • Around 1.5 million deaths are cause by diarrhea each year
  • Diarrhea remains the second leading cause for children under five

World Toilet Day is an opportunity to shed some light the world’s current sewage crisis and to look toward a solution that can facilitate transformative change.

How you can help…

Whether you have professional expertise in a particular field, or a just a desire to contribute, you can play an integral role in advocating for and on behalf of the 2.5 billion people who lack safe access to a toilet.

Ways to get involved:

  • Follow World Toilet Day on Twitter and Facebook
  • Sign the Keep Your Promises petition
  • Host or plan an event your area next year
  • Contribute press releases to local media
  • Ask local sports or cultural events to promote sanitation messages
  • Spread the word anyway you can!