Journal of Futures Studies

Toilet Futures: Sustainability, Scenarios and Climate Change Futures

by Marcus Bussey

Abstract

This paper seeks to explore the concept “sustainable culture” by exploring the metaphorical possibilities inherent to the toilet. It offers an analysis of the toilet as both a technology and a symbol of (Western/pure) culture via an application of CLA to the problem with (and promise of) shit.
Following this the paper offers a set of possible futures scenarios (flushed away; compost; squat;cyber-toilet) for both developing and developed countries and their responses to climate change andmore broadly sustainable futures. The paper concludes by exploring the possibilities of a practical spirituality for recoding cultural practices and individual pathways towards what we rather hopefully call sustainable culture.

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