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Where do you stand (sit) on World Toilet Day?

Today is World Toilet Day.

Yes, that’s right, there’s a special day for toilets. But while it may be fodder for scatalogical jokes, for the many millions of people who do not have access to toilets it’s no laughing matter.

Imagine what it would be like if we weren’t able to flush away the vast amounts of human waste we generate in our cities. Apart from the stench and vermin, disease would flourish, as it does in many of the world’s informal settlements.

Poor sanitation kills 1.8 million people a year–mostly children and primarily through diarrheal diseases, reports colleague Tasha Eichenseher today on National Geographic’s Green Guide blog.

Read more about this intolerable situation and learn what a privilege it is to have access to a toilet.