The Hush Post16:50| 1-min-read
Bill Gates usually has his hands full. This time it is with poop.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates brandished a jar of human waste at a forum on the future of the toilet in Beijing on Tuesday. The stunt was an effort to draw attention to a problem affecting developing countries around the world: not enough toilets.
“In places without sanitation you have got way more than that,” Gates said, pointing to the faeces inside the clear jar resting on a table.
“And that’s what kids when they are out playing, they are being exposed to all the time,” he said. “That’s why we connect this not just with quality of life, but with disease and death and with malnutrition,” he told attendees.
“When you think of things that are basic right up there with health and enough to eat, you think that having a reasonable toilet certainly belongs on that list,” Gates said.
Gates was in Beijing on Tuesday for the “Reinvented Toilet Expo”. The forum hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation showcased various cutting edge toilet technology in lieu of sewers.
A campaign has been started in China to get rid of its stinking bathrooms. President Xi Jinping has dubbed it the “toilet revolution.”
“China has an opportunity to launch a new category of innovated non-sewered sanitation solutions that will benefit millions of people worldwide,” Gates said.
He is one of the world’s richest men and most active philanthropists. Gates has previously used shock tactics to draw attention to his disease-battling efforts.
In 2009, he let loose mosquitoes out at a Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference in California to make a point about the deadly sting of malaria.