World Toilet Day – Nov 19th

The Throne



Water closet, or WC


El baño



Latrine or pit latrine

The Throne

Whatever you want to call it, access to improved sanitation is a right due to all people.

If you live in a place where having a toilet in your home is a common occurrence, where water is pumped right to your sink and available at the twist of a faucet, where steaming hot water flows from a shower in intervals as long as you want or can stand it, give thanks, not once, not twice, but every day.

If you live in a place where you must leave the house to use a common toilet that offers privacy, if not luxury, give thanks that you do not have to go off to a field somewhere to defecate.

communal toilet

And if you live in a place where water, sanitation and hygiene, or WASH, are difficult to come by, know that there are people and organizations such as Water.orgWorld Toilet Organization, and of course, Global Water Alliance, working to ensure access to WASH for all.

The U.N. estimates that 4.2 billion people worldwide live without safe, sustainable sanitation. The U.N. has made it one of their Sustainable Development Goals — SDG#6 — to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all people. This is not just about charity work or even simple human caring. The economic and health benefits of improved sanitation for all are indisputable.

So take note of this day — World Toilet Day. Together we can make WASH a reality for all people. Don’t let this moment in time go down the drain.

About Pam Lazos

writer, blogger, environmentally hopeful
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20 Responses to World Toilet Day – Nov 19th

  1. Sustain blog says:

    Celebration of World Toilet Day is lovely. Thank you…

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  2. hilarymb says:

    Hi Pam – I was struggling when we first went into lockdown if I was out having a walk … I needed to be in range of home. I’m horrified at how our powers that be talk, but don’t push to get things done. We need to keep reminding people … I would love all the governments to promote the UN’s sustainable goals – they are reasonable and possible – if governments pulled their weight. I’d noted the ‘Day’ … thanks for this reminder though – stay safe – Hilary

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      The outside world is what is getting many of us through this pandemic 😷 Hilary. We realize how important nature is to our well being, physical and mental. Take care of yourself, for yourself. ❤️

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  3. Linda Schaub says:

    Well we take these simple luxuries for granted don’t we Pam? Your last line … very clever.

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  4. Hey there. The U.N. estimate covers more than half of the world’s population. That’s astonishing.

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      Hi Neil! I think it’s so high because they are factoring in safe access to water and hygiene and sometimes you could have a facility in place but it’s old and rundown and maybe dangerous to use. ☹️

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  5. Damyanti Biswas says:

    A basic hygienic requirement that a lot of people doesn’t have access to. Take a look at this:

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  6. Thanks for raising this awareness, Pam. I give thanks that I have access to clean water and proper sanitation for good hygiene within my home.

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  7. Well done lady for highlighting a basic right.

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  8. lampmagician says:

    It opens surely everybody’s mind, thank you dearest Pam 🙏❤

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  9. Susan Scott says:

    Thanks for the reminder Pam … I’m amazed though at the UN’s figures of 4.2 billion people being without proper sanitation. I’ll FB this post and remind our pols about some pretty dreadful situations here in our very own country …

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