Today is World Toilet Day!

Every year on November 19 the world gathers together in an international day of action aimed at breaking the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. Did you know that 1.1 billion people around the world practice open defecation? For these people, sanitation is about dignity and human rights. Furthermore, illnesses that are a direct result of bad sanitation affect the quality of life of millions of people around the world, especially children. Diarrhoeal diseases are the second most common cause of death of young children in developing countries, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined, and resulting in 1 death every 20 seconds.

Check out this short video created by World Toilet Day. Then, visit their website to sign the petition and find out how you can get involved.

The U.N. recognized sanitation and water as a human right. Check out GEF’s Sustainable Water Challenge so you can learn more about the importance of water and how you can do your part year round to conserve our planet’s most precious resource.


About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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