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 https://www.worldtoiletday.info/