It’s a game-changing piece of technology, an instrument that brought forth a revolution in sanitation and public health thousands of years ago. Yet most of us in the developed world pay it no mind until the moment it clogs.
Unbelievably, there are an estimated 2.5 billion people living today who don’t have access to a clean and safe toilet. It’s more than an inconvenience—life without a loo levies huge health and economic fines on people and societies.
Today is World Toilet Day, which is meant to focus attention on this major issue. This infographic was created by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program. Click here to see the full-size version with more information. Read more below to see journalist Rose George’s TED talk on toilets and sanitation.