‘Big Squat’ Helps Raise Awareness About Global Sanitation IssuesBy
November 19th was World Toilet Day, an international homage to modern sanitation.
During his globetrotting commemoration of this sacred day, Professor Toilet was
pleased to see the initiative taken by one protégé, who organized “The Big Squat” in New York City.
Held in conjunction with World Toilet Day, the social fundraiser helped raise awareness for the four in 10 humans that live without adequate sanitation, and was sponsored by The People’s Own Organic Power Project (The POOP Project).
According to Shawn Shafner, founder and executive director of The POOP Project, the event was part of an ongoing campaign to “create constructive, educational poop-positive environments that allow people to move past this socially taboo topic in order to confront the global lack of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.”
Shafner founded the arts and education organization in response to the lack of public awareness about crucial sanitary issues. Sadly, he notes, children are the most susceptible to illnesses caused by poor sanitation, resulting in 4,000 preventable deaths every day. Yes, each day, inadequate hygiene kills in epidemic proportions.
“World Toilet Day is a way of honoring the modern plumbing system that most of us take for granted,” says Shafner. “But we’re also aware that this system presents a looming disaster this decade as fresh water becomes more scarce, even in major U.S. cities.”
Blogger Deanna Neil posted a good question and answer dialog with Shafner, including his assertion that America’s sewage system is old and overburdened and, moreover, using “fresh water to flush our poop is simply not sustainable.” He also offers a number of ways to learn about water and sanitation issues and advocate for change. Kudos to the “Puru” of POOP.