China has a history of using human waste as organic fertilizer in agriculture. Even now there are many villages in China that still maintain this approach to processing human waste. This practice has significantly contributed to the poor design of toilets nationwide, often at the cost of privacy, safety, hygiene and comfort.
According to a report from United Nations University:
“The high-speed replacement of old and impoverished urban neighborhoods with new-built gated communities for an emerging middle class goes hand in hand with the rise in the percentage of urban residents without access to improved sanitation — from 3% to 6% over just two decades.”
On November 17th 2018, on the cusp of the 17th World Toilet Day, join us to focus attention on the importance of proper sanitation and advocating for access to clean and safe toilets for all.
Access to water and sanitation is a basic human right. Policy makers as well as the general public have not yet fully understood the importance of improving sanitation solutions. It is important to start introducing and explaining this topic to children from a young age so that they grow up with an awareness of how their needs and health are inextricably linked, and are unafraid to talk about an 'icky' topic.
While under the pressure of a growing population and urbanization, a huge number of people in developing countries lack access to proper sanitation and clean water. Governments have a hard time regulating water supply and sanitation, while most sanitation facilities are often designed without any consultation with the very people who would use them. This issue has implications for everyone, and yet many seem unaware of how far-reaching these implications can be.
Green Initiatives is partnering with the We Are Water Foundation, to conduct a series of activities for all the family in support of World Toilet Day.
- 11:00 – 11:30: Registration and networking
- 11:30 – 11:45: Event Introduction by Green Initiatives and ROCA
- 11:45 – 12:45: DIY Cleaning Products Workshop - Parents & Kids
- 12:45 – 13:30: Lunch/Snacks + Global Hygiene Campaigns: Videos & Quiz
- 13:30 – 14:00: When Nature Calls - Know Your Toilet Talk by Green Initiatives
- 14:00 – 14:30: Personal hygiene and sanitation (Kids / Conference Room)
- 14:30 – : Event Ends
This event is free to attend but requires RSVP. Snacks and beverages will be served, thanks to the support from the We Are Water Foundation and Roca Shanghai Gallery.