Today is World Toilet Day and you may be wondering why the world would mark anything as ‘unimaginable’ as World Toilet Day. Here are some things you should know about celebrating World Toilet Day and why it matters.
The day is marked on 19th November every year to take actions that would ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This constitutes a phenomenal part of the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 6) which focuses on sanitation and water.
The theme for this year’s World Toilet Day is, ‘When Nature Calls’. According to the United Nations, this year’s theme is based on the narrative that ‘when nature calls, we need a toilet’. This is meant to emphasise the need for an availability of safe toilets for everyone.
On world toilet day, events and conversations are held to get people informed about toilets and the importance of providing safe toilets.
Below are 3 facts that may scare you:
- 8 billion people use a drinking water source that could be contaminated with faeces.
- 5% of people do not have access to safe sanitation.
- 5 billion people live without a safe toilet.
The above and more scarier statistics have raised the need to be committed to focusing on sanitation and providing safe toilets.
This raises the need to build more toilets in the world and work on sanitation systems that will provide a sustainable and safe environment for all.
So, how well do you keep your toilets? Keep it clean and safe. If you do not have a toilet, take a step to observe healthy and hygienic toilet practices.