Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy World Toilet Day!

Yes it is that time of year again - World Toilet Day. I thought that this might be an appropriate day to start blogging again. After all next to Christmas what could be better than World Toilet Day - right? As I went about my day I pondered how I could best express my delight in this very important day. I thought about the few times I have been with out a bathroom when nature called... well first it calls then it SCREAMS at you. We have all been there - long car ride no rest stops and every miles seems longer than the last. Or the times that something went horribly wrong with the plumbing and all the toilets in the house were unusable and one of the kids had the stomach flu - both end!!! Suddenly World Toilet Day does not seem so trivial.

Really - what would we do without a means to dispose of human waste?

Well that is exactly what 2.6 billion people or 40% of the worlds population face every day. It is one of the leading sources of water contamination that kills more than 5 million children from diarrhea and other sanitation related illness. Not to mention the fact that here in the west where we have some of the best sanitation systems in the world we still struggle with raw sewage being dumped into our oceans, rivers and lakes.

So I think I will spend my day by:
  • Being thankful for the toilet I have ( a little cleaning and polishing maybe)
  • Being more aware of where the sewage goes when I push the handle and urging city, provincial and federal leaders to make changes in the way we deal with our raw sewage.
  • Demand that public toilets be kept clean and sanitized so we are not spreading disease
  • Support organizations that are helping to bring proper sanitation to under developed third world countries.
Check out more information about World Toilet Day .

Many Thanks to my ghost typist Karen


  1. Thought I had stumbled on Drowsey's blog there for a sec... A toilet post! Nice to see you post something, even if it's about a terlet. ;-)

  2. Wow. Who knew? NOBODY worships a good toile more than his disabled girl. I'll leave it at that. :-)

  3. Lorelei, you may consider it to be a lowly terlit, but try not having one for a little while :)

    Diane, the toilet is something we think very little about, but it's connection to a healthier world particularly in third world countries is serious. Here in the western world we rarely think about it because we have so much access to bathrooms.