World Toilet Day 2020: Sustainable sanitation and climate change
Climate change is getting worse.
Flood, drought and rising sea levels are threatening sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants.
Everyone must have sustainable sanitation that can withstand climate change and keep communities healthy and functioning.
Sustainable sanitation systems also reuse waste to safely boost agriculture and reduce and capture emissions for greener energy.
World Toilet Day is a United Nations Observance that celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation. It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation.
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Flood, drought and rising sea levels threaten sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. Everyone must have sustainable sanitation that can withstand climate change and keep communities healthy and functioning. #WorldToiletDay
Sustainable sanitation is resilient to climate change and safely processes bodily waste. Toilets, combined with clean water and good hygiene, form a strong defence against #COVID19 and future disease outbreaks. #WorldToiletDay
Wastewater and sludge from toilets contain valuable water, nutrients and energy. Sustainable sanitation systems make productive use of waste to safely boost agriculture and also reduce and capture emissions for greener energy. #WorldToiletDay
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We are way off-track to reach Sustainable Development Goal 6 that promises water and sanitation for all by 2030. But this crisis can and must be solved.
Together we can fight the water and sanitation crisis and hit SDG 6 by 2030. Let’s get things done!