World Toilet Day 2018
19 November 2018
Today is World Toilet Day. Everybody has a morning routine which involves visiting the bathroom a few times. It’s a luxury we take for granted, but millions of people around the world are not as fortunate. World Toilet Day is not just about toilets; it’s about general sanitation.
In the UK, society and the understanding of sanitation has advanced to a point where we would find it simply unacceptable if someone was defecating in the street. In other parts of the world, primarily India and China, defecating in the street is almost seen as normal.
According to UNICEF, around 564 million Indians, just under 50% of the population, still defecate in open fields, forests, near ponds, along highways, and on the beach. Open defecation spreads diseases, aiding to health problems and causing public and personal problems.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed every Indian will have access to a toilet by October 2019. Since Modi took the top job in India, over 52 million toilets have been installed.
The simple notion of being able to access toilets and clean water as and when we need it is one we take for granted. Living in an economically developed country provides us with extra certainties in life.
PAL Hire may not be able to supply toilets in India, but we can service your construction site or outdoor event. Whether it be a wedding, an office party, or a festival, we can provide adequate sanitation equipment to ensure your attendees access the same sanitation facilities they would find at home.
Alongside this, we can provide regular servicing facilities, ensuring toilets are cleaned on a weekly basis to not contaminate the environment. Additional servicing is vitally important on a construction site, where even in the late 1900’s defecating in the open was rife due to the lack of servicing on-site toilets.
World Toilet Day was established to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. India is only one example. Worldwide, the figure is closer to 4.5 billion people who are without safely managed sanitation.
Safe sanitation and an end to open defecation is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals – an initiative set up by the United Nations. Several of the goals revolve around sustainable cities and clean energy.
As we’re all aware, global warming is a major problem that needs resolving before the ice caps melt and change the face of the planet.
In a report commissioned by the government’s Committee on Climate Change, the number of sheep and cattle needs to be reduced by up to 50% to combat climate change. This is due to the methane produced by beef and lamb is 3-6 times greater than that produced by pork or chicken.
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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, agriculture is responsible for 18% of the total release of worldwide greenhouse gases. Countries such as India have approx. 5 million stray cows roaming the country, it may be completely impossible to reduce the percentage of CO2 produced by agriculture.
We do our bit to be environmentally friendly by offering a range of green energy products. To ensure you’re using green energy products in your next project, use our Site Builder to plan your site with the equipment you require.
There is a global epidemic with not enough people having access to good sanitation facilities. It may not affect us, we may believe we’re thousands of miles away from the problem but being able to educate the world is how we raise awareness of such issues.
Having read this piece you may continue to use products harmful to the environment, but when you’re sat on the toilet after having your third meal of the day, remember that you’re one of 2.5 billion people who can access such facilities. It may sound a lot, in the grand scheme of things and how many people live on this planet, we’re very lucky.