It came as a surprise when the Founder of Microsoft: Bill Gates brandished a jar of human waste, at a forum on the ‘Future of the Toilet’ in Beijing, today. The stunt was an effort to draw attention to a problem affecting developing countries around the world; ‘Not Enough Toilets’.
Gates has previously used shock tactics to draw attention to his disease-battling efforts. In 2009, he set loose mosquitoes at a conference in California to make a point about the deadly sting of Malaria – waiting a minute or so before assuring the audience that the liberated insects were disease-free!
China is in the midst of a drive to improve its notoriously malodorous bathrooms, a campaign President Xi Jinping has dubbed “The Toilet Revolution.”
Bill Gates was in Beijing today for the ‘Reinvented Toilet Expo’, which is a forum hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, showcasing various cutting edge toilet technology in lieu of sewers, making it easier and cheaper to install the devices.
According to UNICEF, 892 million people worldwide have no choice but to defecate in the open.