The Great Toilet Strike of 2013

Bryan Farrell
Waging Nonviolence / Video Feature
Published: Tuesday 19 February 2013
The announcement comes as part of a faked (but very funny) video press conference produced by Damon’s Water.org.

In an effort to raise awareness of what he calls the “catastrophic worldwide lack of clean water and sanitation,” Matt Damon has announced that he is going on strike — a toilet strike that is. The actor known for playing CIA assassin Jason Bourne has made his own ultimatum: “Until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation, I will not go to the bathroom.” That’s right, The Talented Mr. Ripley has just added a new trick to his arsenal. Nothing will have Departed his system, until justice is served to the 2.5 billion people around the world who lack such basic amenities. Only then, will Damon have Happy Feet.

Of course, Damon is just kidding. He is obviously not going to stop using the toilet. He’d have to go on a hunger strike first, and he made no mention of that. The announcement comes as part of a faked (but very funny) video press conference produced by Damon’s Water.org. To learn more about his anti-bowel movement check out StrikeWithMe.org.



Well, he could have gone on a

Well, he could have gone on a wastewater strike, and installed a composting toilet that doesn't pollute water in his home, as well as doing some guerilla plumbing to route the washwater from his house out to feed his garden or yard. You have to do both at once (unless you are on city sewers), for a sanitation engineer friend of mine tells me that septic fields clog up if you take the black wastes out of the system. These aerobic waste treatment systems actually pose less risk to ground water, for the topsoil is where there are the most microbes to actually break down the waste (& any pathogens) and render it inert. Aquatic species should be the only ones "going to the bathroom" in water.

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