What is This Man Thinking?

Rodin’s “The Thinker”

He’s probably thinking about the lack of access to improved sanitation for about 1/3 of the planet’s inhabitants.

Today is World Toilet Day. Let’s review a few facts:

How does a species evolve? For centuries, people lived side-by-side with their waste, throwing it into the streets, into the rivers, over the back fence, out of sight, out of mind.

But that’s never been the best solution since waste by definition is full of pathogens that can seriously impact human health and with almost 8 billion of us on the planet, the waste stream is rising.

Children are an especially vulnerable population.

As are those living in rural communities where access to water is expensive and often prohibitive due to difficult terrain and distance from the wastewater treatment plant.

In developing countries, women and girls bear the extra burden of a lack of access to clean, safe water, missing school because of starting their menses, or being removed from school to walk long distances to get water for the family.

Technologies such as the compostable toilet can ease the burden of deaths related to lack of sanitation.

Today, skip the coffee and instead, make a donation in favor of WASH — water, sanitation and hygiene.  Your donation to GWA will support programs and projects dedicated to bringing water to those who need it most.  Thank you in advance for your support.

pam lazos 11.18.21

About Pam Lazos

writer, blogger, environmentally hopeful
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28 Responses to What is This Man Thinking?

  1. Safe sanitation is such a privilege. Thanks for writing about this, Pam.

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  2. lampmagician says:

    Oh yes! The famous Rodin statue. He is certainly not sitting on a toilet, is he? 😉🤣
    And what is he thinking? Maybe just wondering how many greedy idiots are living on this beautiful planet! The lack of equality and justice is all around the world. Your voice must be heard. 🙏💖😘👍

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  3. Mick Canning says:

    I’ve spent enough time in places without access to flush toilets to know how true this is!

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  4. Water is beyond precious, yet many folks take it for granted.

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  5. TanGental says:

    He’s thinking ‘I know I got down here, but how the hell do I get up again.’ A while back we twinned our toilet with one in Tanzania. We then gave twinning certificates instead of Christmas cards last year. V worthwhile I hope.

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  6. Thanks for bringing this issue to our attention, Pam. I’ve grown up taking our indoor toilet for granted.

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    Another interesting post about something that is a problem that, of course, I know little about. From the few times we’ve had our water supply disrupted by main breaks I can only imagine how awful life would be without proper sanitation.

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