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It’s World Toilet Day 2020

What have toilets got to do with climate change? World Toilet Day 2020

I first heard of World Toilet Day last year, when the theme was leave no one behind. I was reminded earlier today din a post by Philosophy Through Photography that today is World Toilet Day 2020, and the theme this year is climate change. It’s been observed by the United Nations since 2013 in recognition of the importance of sanitation in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

What’s the connection, you might wonder? Climate change means increased extreme weather events, which can produce flooding and drought. Climate change also contributes to rising sea levels. These factors can overwhelm sanitation systems, leading to the release of raw sewage. This can have dire public health consequences, and spread diseases including cholera, typhoid, and COVID-19.

So, if the environment and climate change weren’t important enough already, this is one more reason to take action to reduce your carbon footprint. The David Suzuki Foundation has a few simple tips on how you can do that.

You can find out more about World Toilet Day at

31 thoughts on “It’s World Toilet Day 2020”

  1. A great post on very important topics to wellbeing and life on this planet. Thank you!
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    Have a beautiful day. We are digging out from a third snowstorm…hope your weather is less dramatic and as beautiful.β„β„β„β„β„β„β„β„β„β€β„πŸ˜Š

  2. Apart from the climate’s impact on sanitation systems, I hope for the era where everyone will have access to toilets at home in order to put an end to open defecation. That also has bad effects on the environment.

  3. In honor of World Toilet Day, the U.S. is going to start hoarding TP again? Because based on my grocery run today, we get the bizarre world of supply shortages again. But, everyone is still going home for Thanksgiving, and no new lockdown. Maybe I’ll just tell myself we’re ahead of the curve on celebrating a new holiday. Not behind it on literally everything else public health right now!

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