In today’s amusing Watch it Wednesday bathroom related video actor Matt Damon vows not to go to the toilet. His toilet strike is in aid of Water.org, a charity that Matt is co-founder of.
He humorously holds a press conference and mentions World Toilet Day, something that stumps the journalists watching (who are all actors, some of them quite recognisable!) and then goes on to say that the toilet has saved the more lives than any other invention in the history of the toilet. According to Matt more people have mobile phones than toilets, with 2.5 billion lacking proper sanitation around the world. Due to this he vows not to go to the bathroom until everyone has a toilet, although amusingly he doesn’t explain how else he’s going to get rid of bodily waste (he’ll be holding it in for a long time!). It’s not just Matt who’s supporting the strike either, as celebrities like Bono, Richard Branson and Olivia Wilde have also come out to say they are supporting the strike.
Obviously this is all a bit of fun and we’re guessing that Matt isn’t really going to avoid going to the toilet (unless he happens to have a handy bush behind his house or something!), but it really is for an important cause. According to Water.org a child dies from water-related illness every 21 seconds, with the majority of illness caused by fecal matter that has not been properly disposed of. It’s clear that there is a massive need for toilets around the world, and Water.org is working to try and fulfil that need.
You can support the cause by visiting the website and getting involved, either by spreading the word across social networks or giving a small donation. Matt says that $25 (about £16) can give someone access to a toilet for life, so while you can laugh at the videos that Water.org is putting out the message is still serious and they’re doing a great job at getting the message out there.
We don’t suggest you completely avoid going to the toilet though, that can’t be good for you!
Image from Waterdogorg Flickr account. Licensed under Creative Commons.