Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Thought on World Toilet Day 2014!
Greetings on World Toilet Day 2015!
India’s real toilet story neither starts with a toilet, nor ends with it. Millions are mere statistical owners of toilets and don’t actually use it, while millions who use don’t know they are adding to more filth. Faecal sludge discharged from most of our toilets end up polluting our Rivers and Water Bodies and thus add up to the already poor sanitation condition of India.
India has rightly geared up for a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) but it should move beyond sweeping streets and creating photo-ops for people. The opportunity should now be created for the ‘real sanitation’ to take place.
This World Toilet Day, I would once again like to share with you an article (pasted below) that was written last year on this day. The message is still relevant.
Look forward to your support in saving our Rivers and Water Bodies and make India truly a ‘Swachh Bharat’…
Thanks and regards,
Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Waterkeeper Alliance)
Convenor, Combat Climate Change Network, India