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Actor and newfound activist Matt Damon announced in a press conference that he will not use the bathroom “until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation.” And by everybody, he means everybody.
The co-founder of Water.org, a non-profit organization that brings clean water and sanitation to underdeveloped areas around the world, took great pains to emphasize the importance of water and the need for international social justice where this basic necessity is concerned. In hopes that his message would make a splash, Damon announced to a room of surprised reporters that he was going on strike from using the toilet.
He said, “In protest of this global tragedy, until this issue is resolved, until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation, I will not go to the bathroom,” the N.Y. Daily News reported.
According to Entertainment Today, Damon has called on others to help advance his message and support efforts to stop the international water crisis. His website Strike With Me asks supporters to “say no to toilets, say yes to clean water and sanitation for all.”
Damon’s organization Water.org reported that 3.4 million people die each year from a water-related disease and 780 million people lack access to clean water.