03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Thousands Squat For 2.5 Billion Without Proper Sanitation On World Toilet Day

Don't be alarmed if you spot people today popping a squat in office buildings, schools and public spaces. It's all part of World Toilet Day, which is internationally recognized on November 19 as a celebration of the importance of sanitation and a way to raise awareness for the 2.5 billion people who don't have access to toilets and proper sanitation.

Thousands of people plan to join in on "The Big Squat", just one event planned for today. The one-minute worldwide squat, the World Toilet Organization says:

"is actually a very healthy bathroom stance, but it's also a symbol of the problems in the developing world, where a lack of sanitation forces people to squat in fields, on train tracks, or in other open places. Open defecation is actually one of the worst problems facing the developing world"

According to the organization, 1.8 million people die from issues arising from poor sanitation each year, including 5,000 children every day.

Check out WTO's website to see how you can help or find a World Toilet Day event near you. You can also follow the goings-on all day via twitter.

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