A Declaration for the Common Good
We find ourselves at a moment in time when the systems we use to govern, sustain and organise the world no longer support what is best for people or our planet.
Small collective actions by the many have the capacity to create the change that builds a more peaceful, just and resilient society; and to shape an abundant future, within nature’s bounds, where there is enough for all life forms.
Therefore, as members of the human family residing on the island of Ireland, in the knowledge that there are alternatives to our existing systems:
We dedicate ourselves to ways of being and doing that embody compassion, cooperation, community and creativity.
We are committed to ecological regeneration; stewarding the environment for future generations; and honouring the rights of every living thing.
We recognise the power in our numbers and use our voices and actions to shape a truly deliberative democracy.
We are transforming our extractive harmful economic system into one that recognises value beyond money; that provides for needs instead of mass consumption; that demands sustainability and justice before growth.
We nurture equitable and just relationships based on understanding and respect.
We collectively support practical actions which are implemented in open, participative processes.
There is a way forward and it begins with us. We have all the courage we need.
For ourselves and for the common good.
Collaboration for Change, in this Declaration, is part of the many progressive movements happening throughout the world. Find out about some of the local grassroots activism on the island of Ireland at ‘For the Common Good’ and some of the local groups involved on the CfC map.
Mary McManus, Antrim
East Belfast Independent Advice Centre, Antrim
European Health Futures Forum, Leitrim
David Somekh, Leitrim
Seán Byers, Antrim
ACRE (Active Communities Restoring the Earth), Armagh
Davie Philip (Cultivate), Tipperary
Declan Owens, Down
Ecojustice Legal Action Centre, Down
Marian Farrell, Down
Noeleen Diver, Antrim
Kevin Murphy, Derry
Bridget Meehan, Donegal
Louise O'Kane, Antrim
Dessie Donnelly, Antrim
Fintan Bradshaw, Dublin
Anne Ryan, Kildare
Community Finance Ireland, Down
Erskine Holmes, Down
Paul Rowden, Down
St Christopher's/The Larder, Down
Paul Braithwaite, Antrim
Denis Stewart, Down
Lyn Moffett, Derry
Ian Graham, Derry
Chuck Meehan, Galway
Roisin Shannon, Antrim
Grainne O'Neill, Derry
Carmel Mulrine, Derry
Patricia Swann, Donegal
Tony Weekes, Antrim
Karin Eyben, Derry
The de Borda Institute, Antrim
Peter Emerson, Antrim
Friends of the Earth, NI