Everyday activism

Everyday activism

Our collective activism will play a vital part in achieving the Global Goals and making the changes our world needs to eradicate hunger, poverty, inequality, and injustice.

Do as much as you can, as well as you can, for as long as you can, for as many as you can.

Aengus Finucane - former CEO Concern Worldwide

Change is needed, and it is needed urgently. It will not come about through the actions of our governments alone. It cannot be simply left to international institutions like the UN or even NGOs like Concern. Fundamental change really must involve all of us.

Activism redefined

People in Ireland have a long, proud history of taking action for what they believe to be right. Remember the courageous Dunnes’ workers who went on strike in the 1980s in solidarity with those living under apartheid in South Africa? Or the bold women who boarded the contraceptive train to Belfast in 1971?

However, activism does not always have to be about impassioned protest. There are small things that every single one of us can do to make our world a better place, whether you're the stressed student, overloaded parent or weary worker. We can fit everyday activism into our everyday lives.

Begin with Project Us

What social problems upset you the most? What injustices infuriate you? It could be children forced to live in hotel rooms, corruption and corporate greed or wanton environmental destruction.

Concern’s Project Us is a unique forum (online and off) that provides the space for communities across Ireland to reflect, connect and get ideas sparking. You could take your first steps as an activist by coming along to one of our Project Us coffee conversation events around Ireland.

Other ways to be an activist

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Connect with others

Find out what others are doing locally, nationally or internationally on your issue. Contact expert groups who may be able to advise you on the role you can play.

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Support organisations

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Speak out respectfully

Everyday Activism

Download our handbook to get loads of ideas of what you can do to be a better citizen. After all, we need your continued activism to help continue our journey and to reach our goals. 

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Our impact in 2018

11.5 M

people reached through our emergency response

17.6 M

people reached through our health interventions

12.4 M

people reached through our long term development programmes

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  • To discuss issues of interest

  • To share information and resources

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