American billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates recently reflected on some of the strange things he’s done in his life, in a LinkedIn post. The 67-year-old billionaire took to the professional networking site to highlight a post about World Toilet Day being celebrated on November 19. ‘water from fecal sludge’ to ‘sharing a stage with human feces’. ”
The Microsoft co-founder wrote, “I’ve done weird things over the years: I drank water from fecal sludge with Jimmy Fallon, shared the stage with a jar of human feces, and smelled the smell of a pit latrine.” However, all of these acts were actually for a noble cause, as the post further reveals.
“These antics got a few laughs, but my goal has always been to get people to care about a problem that affects 3.6 billion people: poor sanitation,” the philanthropist added. “Thanks to scientists and engineers from all over the world, we are getting closer to new solutions that will prevent diseases and disorders.”
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The post also links to a blog post from July 2021, which talks about new sanitation solutions in the wake of the rising population. In the blog post, he explained how 10 years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “challenged the world to reinvent the toilet.”
To raise awareness, Mr. Gates had taken part in several public stunts, such as drinking water from “faecal sludge” in 2015. He had even convinced TV host Jimmy Fallon to do the same, in an effort to promote the Omniprocessor . a machine that converts feces into water and electricity.
“I saw the piles of feces go up the conveyor belt and fall into a big bin. They made their way through the machine, were cooked and treated,” Gates said at the time. A few minutes later, I had a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water,” reads a GatesNotes post.
A year later, in 2016, he posted a photo of himself smelling a giant pit latrine smell. He said “the stench was foul and made me shiver”, describing the smell as “a combination of sewage stench, farmer’s sweat and bitter ammonia topped with vomit (or was it Parmesan cheese?).”
In 2018, the billionaire shared the stage with a cup of poop during a speech at Beijing’s Reinvented Toilet Expo. “I used a cup of poop as a prop during my speech at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing. It caused some giggles in the crowd – but I brought it out to draw attention to a serious problem that affects more than 500,000 people every year. costs lives: poor sanitation,” reads another GatesNotes entry.
The philanthropist is committed to solving a variety of global problems through his and his ex-wife’s charity, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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