November 19th every year is World Toilet Day. This day was created by Jack Sim to bring awareness to the fact that 40% of the world does not have access to sanitary, private toilet facilities. While many who read this site are constantly looking for ways to improve the sanitary conditions for those that have the luxury of a working toilet, it is important to realize what a true luxury it really is.
World Toilet Day and Mr. Toilet
If you are not familiar with World Toilet day or the reach that it has had all over the world in a very short amount of time, take a few minutes to watch Jack Sim explain the basis for his efforts and why the 19th of November has had such success and continues to grow. The video below is from a talk Mr. Sim gave at TEDx Taipei earlier in 2012. He tells how his organization is using humor to make people around the world aware of how sanitation and toilet facilities impact both the rich and poor.
The Importance Of The Toilet
We in the western world really don’t appreciate the real importance of the toilet and indoor plumbing. The first flushing toilet was invented In 1596 by Sir John Harrington. Although, we have only had the modern version for around 100 years or so, we have grown accustom to its convenience. Sanitary conditions are a luxury we don’t even think twice about. But in many places around the world, disease runs rampant due to the lack of sewage systems and toilets.
By taking a few minutes and learning, we can all help in some way to solve these issues. Bringing awareness may make possible to bring modern cleanliness and healthy environments to others.
So, the next time you have to clean a toilet, pause and think about how lucky we are to have access to such an important and under-stated device, like the toilet!