Six of the world’s seven billion people have mobile phones… but only 4.5billion have a toilet says UN report
“Six of the world’s seven billion people have mobile phones – but only 4.5 billion have a toilet, according to a U.N. report.
The shocking statistic has prompted the international organisation to launch a global campaign to improve sanitation for the 2.5 billion people whose health is at risk.
U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called their plight ‘a silent disaster’ that reflects the extreme poverty and huge inequalities in the world today.
Eliasson told a press conference that the issue must be addressed immediately for the world to meet the U.N. goal of halving the proportion of people without access to sanitation by the end of 2015.
World leaders set a series of Millennium Development Goals to combat poverty at a summit in 2000, and Eliasson said the sanitation goal lags farthest behind.
While most people don’t want to talk about the problem, Eliasson said, ‘it goes to the heart of ensuring good health, a clean environment and fundamental dignity for billions of people.’
The U.N. said action must include eliminating by 2025 the practice of open defecation, which perpetuates disease.
The number of people resorting to open defecation has decreased by 271 million since 1990, but it is still practiced by 1.1 billion people, or 15 percent of the world’s population, the U.N. said.
It is one of the main causes of diarrhea, which results in the death of more than 750,000 children under the age of five every year, the U.N. said.
Eliasson said 22 countries account for more than 80 percent of open defecation in the world.” -MailOnline
Imagine if in all of the United States, all of Canada, and all of Europe, there was not one single toilet to be found. And even then that’s only a little over a billion people – half of the number of people who do not have access to proper sanitation.
To meet global sanitation needs would require a lot of research and development – or R and D, to come up with an efficient, sustainable, accessible system that could be implemented in every country that currently is without sanitation for everyone. And – we know it is possible to give everyone access to sanitation. I mean look at the level of infrastructure development in America and Europe for example. Our lives as people with jobs and houses and cars and clubs and internet and xbox would simply not be possible without our basic water, sanitation, and food needs fulfilled by specific systems of infrastructure designed to deliver these services. Imagine the years of research and development and construction that have gone into building these systems. They didn’t just magically appear. They didn’t ‘manifest’ by the power of imagination. It required teams of people working with mathematics, physics, architecture, logistics, to physically develop and implement – forming the basic foundation that is required to be in place in order for consumerism, for capitalism to exist. I mean – we need our basic necessities provided for before we’re able to dedicate our lives to spending money on electronics, houses, clothes, cars, lifestyle — it’s in the best interest of those who profit the most from Consumerism, to make sure the people with access to jobs and therefore money, are supported with proper infrastructure so they can remain stable in their lifestyle of buying.
In the USA alone, more than 400 Billion dollars are spent annually in the area of R&D:
“with over $400 billion in annual R&D funding from both public and private sectors, the United States continues
its historic and world-leading commitment to innovation as an essential catalyst for prosperity and growth” 2012 Global R&D Funding Forecast http://battelle.org/docs/default-document-library/2012_global_forecast.pdf
So the fact that there are 7 billion people in the world, but 2.5 billion people are still going without a toilet, a billion are starving, half the world survives on 2 dollars a day, while there are those of us who are basically living in a Utopia by comparison, goes to show how ‘prosperity and growth’ is currently reserved for a small section of the world’s population only – those of us that support the ongoing profits to be made through Capitalism. If I place myself in the shoes of the Corporations that lead the system, as an individual whose only concern is the survival of my profits and my family and thus the society that makes my survival possible, I would also be making sure sufficient R&D is taking place to ensure my livelihood is secured. Making sure the entire world has toilets would simply seem irrelevant – would seem like a waste of good money and research that could be spent on bettering my own life and my own society. But obviously – then I make myself Evil, because I’m Choosing to Refuse to find a way to Give to another as I’d like for myself.
It’s not a matter of us not having the resources or manpower or skill to provide the world’s population with effective sanitation, food, water and health services – we have all those things. It’s a matter of us having decided that our interests simply do not include what is best for everyone, what is required to give everyone a dignified life. We tend to think there must be some other reason, like somehow we’re not ‘ready’ to take on those problems yet, or somehow there’s a ‘natural order’ to things that includes the existence of poverty, disease and starvation.
The fact is – there is no excuse. The only reason there are billions without their basic Human Rights and without access to Basic Conveniences, is because to do the work required to make this happen would be Inconvenient to our current Interests.
The fact is – to allow billions to be spent funding a futuristic, space-age society for a fraction of the world’s population, while 2.5 billion are exposed to preventable disease because they don’t have access to the basic Human Right of Sanitation – is a crime against life.