Today Is World Toilet Day

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A cholera epidemic has killed over 4,300 people in Zimbabwe since late 2008. One hundred seventy of those people live in Chitungwiza, a sprawling high-density suburb of Harare, which faces sewage and water problems, the likes of which most of the world eradicated in the late 19th century.

In the midst of this living horror is a small charity working with local students called Youth 2 Youth. To help prevent their students from getting cholera, they are doing exactly what we want YOU to do: they're celebrating World Toilet Day today.

World Toilet Day was created in 2001 by the World Toilet Organization to raise awareness for a subject everyone finds embarrassing. But our embarrassment prevents us from facing the problem: 2.5 billion people around the world have no access to sanitation. And, 1.8 million people, mostly children, die every year from diseases like cholera or simple diarrhea. To help them, it's time for you to get over your shyness.

This year's World Toilet Day celebration can be the biggest yet -- if people like you join people like Zimbabwe's Youth 2 Youth in celebrating it.

Today, November 19, World Toilet Day events are taking place all over the world. India has the most events scheduled by a single country, and will feature creative activities like the Beautiful Toilet contest by the Vasantham Trust. Ahead of World Toilet Day, they will visit schools and discuss the importance of keeping toilets clean. And will return on World Toilet Day to award certificates for the most beautifully maintained toilets.

While there is a serious side to why we celebrate World Toilet Day, sometimes humor is needed to break down our inhibitions. That is precisely what is happening in London where Pump Aid and the National Union of Students are partnering for a night of comedy called "It's not a taboo, it's just poo!"

But the biggest event is one that's sure to generate media coverage -- and it's the easiest thing you can do to participate. We call it The Big Squat: a movement for the toilet-less. (Editor's note: we already talked about this.)

Here's what's going to happen: today, November 19, in workplaces, busy locations and universities around the world, groups of people are going to stop and squat. For one minute. Stop, drop and squat. And then they'll explain to everyone who notices them why they're squatting -- and what can be done to solve the problem of sanitation. Big Squats are being planned in places ranging from McGill University in Montreal, a mall in central Singapore, and a big public high school in California -- and more Squat Squads are forming every day.

In fact, pictures have already started to come in to our Big Squat Flickr group.

In Zimbabwe, Youth 2 Youth will be teaching students about importance of proper sanitation and handwashing through activities such as poetry writing, performing plays, drawing competitions and concerts. They are teaching kids who live in fear of cholera every day that the disease can be prevented -- if only people talk about toilets.

The countdown to World Toilet Day has begun. Join us to make a difference! Visit our website and find a Squat Squad today!

12 Comments on "Today Is World Toilet Day"

Deja Poo's picture
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What a great concept. It's just too bad that Bushie's still not in office. I'd hop the fence and cop a squat on the front lawn of the White House for his edification.

Alas, my kid's sick today. Maybe I'll do it in the produce section of the grocery store? I'm sure that will garner some attention. It's just too bad that we don't have some kind of official flyer that we could pass out to the masses of shoppers, employees, managers and security guards that will certainly stop and ask "Just what the fuck do you think you're doing, Sport-o?"
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sittingpretty's picture
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I have a clean toilet in honor of World Toilet Day. I will stop and squat. If I make it to one minute(doubt), I will not be able to stand up without plopping on my butt first then climb up the door frame to pull myself up off my hands and knees. Its not going to be easy peasy. Is there a certain time when everyone is honoring the day all at the same time?
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...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

prarie doggin's picture
PoopReport of the Year AwardComment Quality Moderatorg 4000+ points

Help! I've squatted down and can't get up!

C Everett Poop's picture
j 1000+ points

Daphne, please delete DP's lame attempt at political humor. Or at least lame it like you would if I said the same about Half Black-Barry.

Thunderbox's picture
PoopReport of the Year AwardComment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

Here`s another novel way to help.

Bards in the Bog

The voice of sanity

Deja Poo's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

Ah, your just pissed, C3PO, because I had the audacity to dis Chimpie. If I'd said that about the current Prez, you would have greated me. So who's being political here. If you're just protesting a political comment on the front page, I got news for you, Homer, the topic of the entry is POLITICAL. It's attempting to garner a change at the social and political level for the betterment of humanity. This is not a story about somebody who waited too long to find a bathroom.

While I think that being witness to or participating in a Big Squat at a predetermined place and time would be fun (just like the whole Flocking fad), I wonder how receptive the rest of humanity would be to seeing other humans for no apparent reason assume the position, say, in the middle of the grocery store with kids in tow. In fact, I'm sure that some of them are going to be more than a little concerned about the sanity of the people involved.

So, if I got lamed for dissing Chimpie, okay. I understand that. But if I'm getting lamed for the grocery store squat copping comment, I'm just trying to point out that such actions may, in fact, draw negative attention to the issue and, worse yet, be counter-productive.
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the pooping scholar's picture
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ahhh...world toilet day. i sense it'll be the next (bowel) movement to sweep the nation. it's not everyday that squatting saves lives.

sittingpretty's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

I was thinking. If I cleaned my toielt on Sunday, is it stll considered clean today? It looks clean.
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...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

sittingpretty's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

I had to great PD's comment. I thought it was great before I read a request to be lamed.
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...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

Blind Mullet's picture
k 500+ points

sp, do you mean pd or DP?
Dyslexia lures, OK!
...or is that KO?
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The white zone is for loading and unloading only- FZ.

daphne's picture
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On the World Toilet Day Thread even?


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mikeeemorgan's picture
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this year, i will march down capitol st. with a toilet on my back.

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