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Worried about climate change? Do something about it and start peeing in the shower

According to science, you could actively help to save the planet by peeing in the shower. And we have Colbert to back us up.

It’s all about reducing the times you flush. The average flush of a modern toilet takes about six litres of water, and the average adult pees about seven times every day. I suspect that number rises during Oktoberfest, but you get the general idea.

The point is, you’re using 42 litres of water every single day just to flush your pee. Multiply that by however many adults on the planet use a toilet every day and you get a very worrying scenario.

In just one year, the average adult uses 15,330 litres (4,050 gallons) of toilet water. Oh. My. God.

Now, this water-wasting debacle could be greatly mitigated if we all starting (or continued) peeing in the shower. By doing that just once per day, we would be saving more than 2,000 litres of toilet water in a year. Apply that number to the entire adult population of Australia and we’ve got something going here.

In a time where scientists are issuing terrifying ultimatums and we’re experiencing all-time record temperatures, peeing in the shower seems like a very small but efficient way to help the environment.

Back in 2009, Brazilian environmental group SOS Mata Atlantica released a series of TV ads to encourage citizens to start urinating in the shower. The ads used a childish and playful tone to convince citizens with a series of stats and featured animated renditions of people from all corners of society.

The clip, which was narrated by children, showed Stephen Hawking, Anthony Perkins and even a Robot all peeing in the shower.

Back in June, Late Show host Stephen Colbert also advocated for the cause, and took some time out of his monologue to demand an apology from all the places where he has peed in over the years.

“Now I’d like to take a minute to address the staff at Equinox gym. Well, well, well, who’s the monster now? It looks like somebody owes somebody an apology,” he joked.

“I’m sorry you caught me saving the planet for our grandchildren. Same goes for the folks at Gold’s Gym, Curves, and Home Depot. It wasn’t my fault those things weren’t hooked up.”

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