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Generation Awake

Your weekly round up of all the loo news you never knew you needed.

Governments commit to WASH

In a week that bodes well for WASH projects, Australian PM Julia Gillard has announced additional funding for the Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, providing $97million of funding to WASH initiatives around the world.

Also this week, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passed the Water for the World Act. The Act has bipartisan support in both the house and the senate, yet I can’t find much info on the ol’ interwebs. US politics is not my strong point, but I gather that the Act now needs the support of the House to pass into legislation. The CEOs of prominent NGOs are urging congressfolk to support the bill.

Generation ZOMG! THaT’s aLOT oF WaTER!

Do you know how much water that burger you ate for lunch yesterday really used? You might be surprised. Astonished, even. Possibly flabbergasted! I sure as hell was.

Every product has litres of hidden water, used in its manufacture, transport and packaging – and to help you find out just how much, the EU has launched Generation Awake – is it trying to scare you into sensibility? Maybe. But it’s also a great resource to see how your everyday choices can have a far bigger impact than you realise.

Generation Awake

It’s a gorgeous looking site – maybe a bit naff, and I wonder what actual impact it will have. Still, an excellent website for teachers looking for resource-efficiency materials.

Toilet treasure

Conservators at an ancient communal toilet oustide Paris have uncovered a rare jewel – a hairpin of the Medici Queen Catherine. I once found someone’s drivers license in a toilet in a pub… maybe not quite the same.

Sayonara for now, and I hope that you find something truly wonderful in your loo this week 🙂

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