On November 19th it was “World Toilet Day”, a day that I had never heard of before myself. After hearing about it being “toilet day”, I didn’t know if I had to go get my toilet a gift, buy it a card or just give it a hug. After doing some research on what exactly this day was all about, it suddenly wasn’t as funny or ridiculous as I once had thought.
When we think of using the restroom our biggest concerns tend to be along the lines of, “I hope there is enough paper” or “I hope the seat isn’t too cold”. What we don’t think about is just how lucky we are to have a private, sanitary place to relieve ourselves. Unfortunately, that is not the case for a large portion of the human population, in fact, about one in three people in the world do not have access to a toilet. That to me is just unthinkable! I think most people are aware and appreciative of a lot of the luxuries they possess, such as, their home, computers, phones, car, etc….but I’m sure that the toilet is one thing we all take for granted.
That is why this day was created. World Toilet Day is meant to bring about global awareness to the sanitation struggle that an estimated 2.5 billion people face every day. By bringing together groups like, the media, the private sector and civil society, it has become a platform to demand action from governments to help solve the sanitation problems for so many in the world.
So the next time you are using the restroom, just remember how lucky you are to have such a luxury and remember those who aren’t so fortunate. If you want to get involved you can visit this site http://www.worldtoiletday.org/index.php.