Today is World Toilet Day: If You Have a Privy, Celebrate!
But around one-third of the world’s population has no flush toilet at all, not in their homes, maybe not even in their neighborhoods. That’s 2.6 billion people with no access to a safe sewer system, and with nowhere to dispose of human waste.
On yesterday’s episode of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Science Friday, Dr. Frank Rijsberman, director of water sanitation and hygiene at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the problem of sanitation in the world’s poorest quarters. And he’s issued a call to innovators and engineers to retool the privy…
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At Housing Revolution (a collaborative project with HR founder Peter Aronson), we want to be a part of these conversations—talks with innovators and creatives about how to solve big problems for people in the developing world who lack the basics: safe housing, basic sanitation, clean water. Stay tuned for the next episode of our podcast series—a talk with Elizabeth Hausler about building safer houses in earthquake-prone areas.
To learn more about the “Reinventing the Toilet Challenge,” visit the Impatient Optimists blog, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Related reading: The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, by Rose George