Celebrate sanitation at World Toilet Day on Friday, November 19th in New York City! The POOP Project invites you to join us in one of the many World Toilet Day events happening around the world, featuring an interactive evening honoring the miracle of modern sanitation while remembering that 40% of the world still lives without it.
While not everybody needs the standard porcelain fixture we're familiar with in the West, everyone needs a safe, sanitary place to put their poo. The 2.6 billion people around the world without toilets wind up doing their business in fields, alleys and local waterways--which means poop winds its way back onto people, leading to a host of illnesses including cholera, giardia, typhoid and plain ol' diarrhea--which kills one child in the developing world every 15 seconds.
Even though sanitation kills more people than tuberculosis, malaria and HIV combined, it gets far less press because the toilet is taboo. Which is why we're asking people to come out of the water closet and come on down to celebrate the plumbing that makes our lives possible.
WORLD TOILET DAY NEW YORK
Drink dirty martinis, give a "commode confessional", and check out authentic "flying toilets." Shawn "The Poop Guru" Shafner and Josh Sitron will be your hosts for the evening, with sounds, stories, and unmentionables provided by Moth storyteller and comedienne Sara Barron along with word mavens Amy Carrigan, Adam Laupus and Lisa Lewis, singer-songwriters Avi Fox-Rosen, Megan Gerlach, Ben Lerman, Brian Carter, and Hilary Schwartz PLUS buxom burlesque beauty Minnie Tonka and much more!
Tickets $18 at the door, $3 well drinks and draft beer while supplies last. All proceeds benefit The People's Own Organic Power Project (The POOP Project) in their mission to creative poop-positive spaces that spur creative thinking towards sustainable sanitation solutions for all. Visit www.thePOOPproject.org for more information.
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