Back in March, I blogged about the Peepoo, an affordable and safe solution designed for the 2.6 billion people — or 40 percent of the world’s population, according to United Nations’ estimates — who go day to day without one household staple that most of us would never consider a luxury: a functioning toilet. In recent years, there’s been an active movement (no pun intended) to raise awareness of the health and environmental dangers sparked by poor/nonexistent sanitation conditions in developing countries.
Enter WaterAid, a British organization dedicated to “transforming lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.” To help promote its new Dig Toilets, Not Graves campaign, WaterAid has come up with a most interesting tactic: deploying a remote-controlled plastic poop on the streets of London.
As you can see in the above video, watching unsuspecting Londoners react to a renegade stool-on-wheels (an, agressive all-season cousin of Mr. Hankey, perhaps?) is well, hilarious, but the message here — “Imagine if you could never escape from poo” — is a rather grave one given that 4,000 children living in undeveloped nations die each day from diarrhea brought on by lack of access to a toilet.
Although WaterAid is asking Britons to help by signing a petition that urges the government to step in and dig toilets in the world’s poorest countries, I’m kind of wishing that wind-up versions of the RC BMs featured in the video were actually were for sale to help benefit the cause.