While we celebrate the civilizing influence of indoor plumbing on International Toilet Day, there is nothing civil about the Greater Chicago Region dumping intestinal miasma on our southward neighbors.
We all chuckle at good potty humor, but, all jokes aside, the global sanitation crisis is no laughing matter. It's important to remember a crisis that is so often forgotten and to look toward solutions that can create transformative change.
We can all agree on the gravity of this challenge and the efficacy of solutions -- solutions that were developed more than 100 years ago. Yet today, more people have access to a cell phone than a toilet. Proper toilets and safe water are inextricably linked.