The World Toilet Organisation was started in 2001 through the vision of one man, known universally as Mr Toilet. You can see Jack Sim in action here:
On 19th November, we have World Toilet Day, and Mr Toilet would like everybody to participate. He suggest 10 things you can do to get involved:
1. Run in The ‘Urgent Run’
Participate in The Urgent Run or host your own event for this year’s UN World Toilet Day.
2. Do a ‘Big Squat’
Hold a big squat and raise awareness of the more than 1 billion people who face the indignity of open defecation, which spreads diseases including cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and diarrhoea. Stop, drop, squat and share!
Access to sanitation would make life safer and healthier for 1.25 billion women. Show that you give a crap about toilets and sanitation, and raise your voice to call for action. Use the hashtags #opendefecation#sanitation and#igiveashit.
4. Become a toilet advocate
Clean and safe toilets are fundamental for health, dignity, privacy, equality and education.
Watch a World Toilet Day playlist and share videos on Facebook or Twitter to join the call for toilets and sanitation for all. Here’s one to start with – meet Mr Toilet.
6. Talk crap!
1,000 children died per day from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation in 2013. These deaths are preventable, but what we don’t discuss, we can’t improve.
7. Toilet Selfie
Did you know that more people own a mobile phone than have access to a toilet? Next time you go to the bathroom, think about how lucky you are, and snap a #toiletselfie and post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for World Toilet Day – and keep it clean!
8. Invest in toilets and sanitation for all
One third of the world’s population still lacks access to adequate sanitation. Donate to support the work of the World Toilet Organization at worldtoilet.org and your donation will go towards advocacy and awareness, and to support capacity building and social enterprise sanitation projects in Cambodia, India, and Mozambique.
In 2010, the UN General Assembly recognised sanitation and water as a human right, essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.
10. Tell us what you’re doing
How will you commemorate UN World Toilet Day on 19 November? Join the call for action to end the sanitation crisis on UN World Toilet Day, and share what you’re doing. Reply to @worldtoiletand @UN_Water on Twitter or email [email protected]
Posted on 19/11/2014
by Piers Dibben