What This Day Celebrates?
World Toilet Day is a United Nations Observance created back in 2013 with the aim of tackling the global sanitation crisis. Celebrated on the 19th of November its aim is to raise awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to decent sanitation and ways of tackling this global crisis by delivering clean water and sanitation to everyone by 2030. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change”.
Can Toilets Help Fight Climate Change?
The stuff we flush down the toilet ends up in a facility. All that organic matter sits in open-air tanks where microbes feed on it. They munch on the waste and release CO2 as a byproduct, and the facility then pumps the relatively clean (but far from drinkable) water out to sea.
Now researchers are beginning to explore how we might tweak wastewater treatment to capture CO2 instead of emitting it, slowing the ravages of climate change.
Wastewater and sludge from toilets contain valuable water, nutrients, and energy. Sustainable sanitation systems make productive use of waste to safely boost agriculture and reduce and capture emissions for greener energy.
Why is World Toilet Day So Important This Year?
This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of basic sanitation is even more worrying, because of how important it us for us all to wash our hands to prevent the spread of the virus.
Almost half of schools around the world don’t have working hand-washing facilities. That affects nearly 900 million children.
We at Rest Ashore Cleaning can’t stress this enough “wash your hands more often for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser”
Why are safe toilets and hand-washing facilities so important?
Having access to a safe and working toilet can affect lots of things like public health and personal safety, especially for women and girls. So they’re super important.
There are also diseases such as cholera and typhoid that can be transmitted if people don’t have access to safe, functioning toilets.
Get the message out!
Visit world toilet day to find out more.