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Why Sanitation Is a Basic Human Right

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DaleLovesOttawa O. (198)
Friday April 4, 2014, 8:53 pm
Sanitation is essential and helps prevent disease and many other problems.

Friday April 4, 2014, 9:26 pm
But needing clean water not this crap is important to diseases!!
just like toxic water from the fracking, not good!!
This affects our drinking water that is much needed!!
Thank you Christeen

Colin Hope (243)
Friday April 4, 2014, 10:40 pm

Birgit W. (155)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 5:13 am
I guess we take so many things just for granted in our countries. Living without any sanitation would be very difficult for me. But people have survived for centuries without. Thanks for sharing.

Bob P. (408)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 5:38 am
Thanks Christeen

. (0)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 9:51 am
Let's see this happen -especially in India. I am suspect of anything the UN generates.
People will still wash their clothes, and spour cremated remains into the Ganges.

. (0)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 9:51 am
pour...I couldn't let that go.

Malgorzata Zmuda (185)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 12:00 pm
niestety nie wszędzie jest dostęp do czystej wody

Gene Jacobson (273)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 1:35 pm
"Around 700,000 children die annually from diarrheal diseases brought on by unsafe water and no access to proper sanitation. Thatís almost 2,000 kids every day."

It is far more than a human right. It is a requirement to human survival. We have known this since our first ancestors began clustering into groups and staying put for a time, gathering and harvesting. If you ignore sanitation and let waste seep into your drinking or food supply, you die, painfully, as this article points out, 2000 children every single day are doing now in our oh-so-modern world. This is not just a third world problem as the US is going to find out shortly. Our ancient sewer systems were built to last 50 years or so, many are now over 100 and crumbling. They all need replacement, which requires investment in our infrastructure which is akin to raising taxes to teapublicans. If we don't fix them, don't replace them, we will find our repairs on repairs on repairs bursting and flooding cities water supplies contaminating the drinking water and water table for miles around each central city - those who think that each underground aquifer is independent of all others are going to be woefully surprised. Again, it will be the youngest and oldest who bear the brunt of this coming tragedy - fully and completely preventable had we a political body dedicated to the welfare of all citizens of this country. We do not. I don't know when, if ever, we will. But one of those Congresses is going to have to deal with this problem on an emergency basis if none before find the will to do what is necessary and undertake the replacement of our own sewage systems. And look to ways to the help the rest of the world do so too. Unless we stop traveling outside our shores completely, this is going to affect us all. Where have all the statespersons gone? Disappeared down King Dollar's dungeon, I'm afraid.

Jane H. (139)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 2:15 pm
Thank you Noted!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 3:24 pm
It is very hard to change cultural habits....maybe one day all will have proper sanitation systems.

Elisabeth Jimmink (55)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 2:15 pm
I am very grateful that I live in a country with sanitation. Thank you Christeen.
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