You want to save the environment, right? Prevent global warming, save the world’s 13 Icelandic snow owls, that kind of thing.
Then you must pee in the shower. That’s the earnest message from a couple of students at England’s University of East Anglia, reports BBC News.
The two students, Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, theorize that their idea could “save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times.”
It’s also a pragmatic timesaver, The Daily Caller notes.
“We’ve done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact,” Dobson told the BBC.
“Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits.”
Dobson, 20, also noted that, strangely enough, not everyone has loved the big, brilliant idea.
“The campaign has been really divisive. People either seem to love it or hate it,” he explained.
But he’s undaunted.
“We’re trying to challenge conventional behavior — to start a debate on a resource that we largely take for granted,” the student said.
Dobson added that he and Torr have undertaken ample research to ensure that it’s not some disgusting health risk to pee in the communal showers that are often found on college campuses.
“As long as the water is flowing there is no hygiene risk as urine is sterile but we would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and if not that they don’t take part,” he assured the BBC.
Dobson and Torr are the University of East Anglia’s representatives in an environmental initiative called the Npower Future Leaders Challenge.
A school spokeswoman said the administration fully supports the students.
The University of East Anglia in Norwich, England is, of course, most famous because it was the epicenter for the 2009 Climategate scandal. “Climategate” is a journalistic shorthand for the massive leak of emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. The emails revealed discrepancies in the recording of climate change data, as well as contained poorly maintained computer code, and even allusions to the deletion of any information that could be acquired through Freedom of Information Act requests. (RELATED: Inhofe Calls For Investigation Of Researcher Michael Mann)