Sometimes bathrooms feel pretty ordinary: nature calls, we answer. But when she calls, calls back, sends texts, GIFs, Snapchats, and starts pounding on your door, we suddenly become grateful for the humble toilet.
World Toilet Day is a reminder that 2.5 billion people in the world still experience something like that every day. It’s not just unpleasant, it’s deadly. The diarrheal disease that results from poor sanitation is the second leading killer of children under five around the world. The UN General Assembly officially recognized Nov 19 as World Toilet Day in 2013. Much more than a silly designation, it's a call to action demanding that we create a world where everyone has a safe, healthy, sustainable place to poop, and that every community can thrive.
World Toilet Day 2017: Wastewater
Today, for billions of people around the world, sanitation systems are either non-existent or ineffective. Human waste gets out and killer diseases spread, meaning progress in health and child survival is seriously undermined. By 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals aim to reach everyone with sanitation, and halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase recycling and safe reuse.
For that to be achieved, we need everyone’s poo to be:
- reused, or disposed of in a safe and sustainable way
Wanna be part of the solution? Check out the official World Toilet Day website for resources, stories, global events and much more.
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Feeling excited about toilets yet? Join the celebration at Caveat in New York City on Nov. 19! You've got two chances to party in person OR catch the livestream and watch from your very own bathroom
Enjoy craft beer on tap and delicious snacks, get engaged with local water / sanitation issues, and enjoy a live screening of the film surrounded by Squatty Potty giveaways. Full schedule as follows (subject to change):
- 2-3pm : Tinkle Power Happy Hour. Featuring drink specials, promotional giveaways from Squatty Potty, and representatives from community stakeholders such as UN Water, NYC H20, Faiths for Safe Water, Peggy Lillis Foundation, Ryan's Well Foundation (including founder Ryan Hreljac!) and more.
- 3pm : Video welcomes from the Jamaican Toilet Summit and from Jack "Mr. Toilet" Sim, World Toilet Day founder and keynote speaker at this year's World Toilet Summit.
- 3-4pm : NYC Premiere screening of FLUSH
- 4-5pm : Panel Conversation: Where Are We Now? Featuring director Karina Mangu-Ward, The POOP Project's Shawn Shafner, Leif Percifield of DontFlush.Me, and engineer Robert Adamski. Moderated by Lina Zeldovitch, award-winning journalist. Guests subject to change. Livestreaming on Facebook.
- 5-5:30pm : Closing remarks
Tickets Available HERE
Academics, researchers, and comics share hilarious tales to celebrate World Toilet Day. From stand-up about toilets in field work, history, mental-health, societal norms, and good ole-fashioned poop stories. Come for the laughs and the cutting-edge ideas, stay for the laughs and the cutting-edge ideas.
Produced by Kyle Marian, a science communicator & former physical anthropologist. She got the comedy bug in the UK doing science stand-up with the Bright Club Comedy community and is now on a mission to train up academics & spread the smart funnies across the US.
Guest Host : Shawn "The Puru" Shafner
Performances by : Kyle Marian, Ali Mathu, Gregory Hall, Saad Sarwana, Jackson Fisher...and more to be announced! (line-up subject to change)
Doors at 6:30pm. Show at 7:00. Ages 21+. Livestreaming on Facebook.
Tickets available here
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