How a 4-Step Poo Journey Can Help Save Millions of Lives

When nature calls, World Toilet Day comes to the rescue

Nov 20, 2017
World Toilet Day

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There are plenty of things that unite us as humans, but perhaps the most simple, and often overlooked, is the call of nature. However, not everyone around the world has the means to dispose of bodily waste safely and responsibly.

Inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, World Toilet Day is marked throughout the planet on November 19 and is all about raising awareness of this important issue.

Sanitation is seen as central to eradicating extreme poverty and therefore the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030.

This year’s theme is “Wastewater,” highlighting the need that everyone’s poo go through a “4-step journey” where it is contained, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way.

While this may seem like an obvious process, there are billions of people around the world who lack access to sufficient sanitation systems and there are in desperate need of better infrastructure.

The World Toilet Day website offers plenty of awesome resources in a number of different languages to help spread the word about how important it is for us to be aware of what happens to human waste and how we can improve sanitation for billions of people.

In an attempt to break the taboo of talking about something that we all do on a daily basis but rarely discuss in public, there are hundreds of events taking place across the globe.

It turns out that once everything is out in the open, people actually enjoy talking about when nature calls and there are loads of inspiring stories about turning human waste into something to be proud of.

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A Geography geek to his core, Yoni is a proud introvert and is happiest when traveling, dancing, baking, doing yoga, running or taking pictures of beautiful flowers. He writes about mindfulness, introversion, travel and the benefits of slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life.