On November 19, World Toilet Day, Bill Gates, the famous American billionaire and philanthropist, visited the Sewage Museum in Brussels to explore the city’s sewer system. For the occasion, Gates descended into the sewers and met with scientists to learn about the intricate workings of the city’s wastewater treatment plants.
To raise awareness of sanitation issues and promote better hygiene practices, Gates has engaged in various public stunts such as drinking water from “fecal sludge” and taking a whiff of the smell from a toilet. His efforts are part of his commitment to solving global problems through his philanthropy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
World Toilet Day is an annual celebration that aims to spur action to address the global sanitation crisis. The theme for this year is “Accelerating Change,” which serves to shed light on the importance of sanitation and hygiene, as well as the consequences of inadequate water availability in low- and middle-income countries.
The day was first celebrated by the World Toilet Organization in 2001 and has been an annual celebration of the United Nations since 2013. World Toilet Day highlights the necessity of better sanitation and hygiene practices and emphasizes that every person deserves access to clean water and safe toilets.