A Little Flushed Up by Sara Zhang of WHJE

July 27, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Poop talk: when its personal, its embarrassing—at least for most people—but when you’re talking about global access to sanitary conditions, it’s a humanitarian crisis.

Bill Gates made headlines last week when his charitable foundation invested in a toilet redesign: Between 30 and 40% of the world does not have access to a clean, sanitary human waste disposal method and lack of access can create disease and death that spreads through an entire community, simply because someone wasn’t able to flush. According to the Foundation, over 1 million children under the age of 5 die of diarrheal disease each year. That's more than AIDS and malaria combined.

Last year, WHJE Carmel was on this story. Reporter Sara Zhang takes us out of our comfort zone in her feature A Little Flushed Up.

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Below is the video that the Gates Foundation produced to publicize their campaign. If you follow that link above that mentions his name, you can read about some fo the project proposals that would turn human waste into an energy source.