With the end of another year in sight, all of us at On the Commons invite you to recognize the gift of our commons, everything we inherit and create together. The commons include parks and public spaces, libraries, the air we breathe, public water systems and art programs, the Internet, and even the spirit of collaboration. These cherished commons, among many others, bring us health and security, inspire our imaginations, give us hope, and more.
Yet today we are in danger of losing our commons to threats such as pollution, neglect, and privatization of the public sphere for private gain. If we don’t rise up to protect our commons, life as we know it will be fundamentally changed.
Thankfully we still have a chance to defend and advance all that we share for today and future generations—and this is where you come in.
One step you can take is to support On the Commons. Last year alone we brought you stories about the latest thinking and action happening right now in the commons movement through Commons Magazine; continued our work to declare the Great Lakes a commons; published two free e-books highlighting the connection between the commons and daily life that you can download here and here; launched UNCOMMON/WORD, to support poetry and breathe life into our commons; and more.
We have so much in store for 2014—but we need your help to create a strong financial future for our organization. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to advance the commons movement. Let’s own this work together.
With gratitude and hope,
All of us at On the Commons