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How the toilet changed history

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How does lack of adequate sanitation and access to a toilet affect the everyday life of an individual?  Can it affect the economy of a country?  Learn how many people in the world suffer from lack of fresh water and access to toilets.  What can you do to help change this?

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Learn more about the spread of cholera by watching this TED Ed lesson on the topic: The Story of Cholera.  




Visit the United Nations World Toilet Day site to learn more about how many people in the world live without access to adequate sanitation. How can you help? 




Several videos on the topic of toilets, sanitation, or lack of both are found at this link.  Take a look at some of the videos to learn more about what you can do or what life is like without a toilet. 




These three powerful TED talks will also provide some information about this topic:


Francis de los Reyes: Sanitation is a basic human right




Rose George: Let's talk crap. Seriously



Joe Madiath: Better toilets, better life




Wonder what happens when you flush?  Hank Green has your answers here:  What Happens After You Flush?


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