The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
Created in 1998, Attac (Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and for Citizens’ Action) fights for social and environmental justice, and against finance’s stronghold on peoples and the environment.
Attac acts to encourage the development of alternatives, and to give citizens control over banks and predatory corporations.
To educate the population, the association produces analyses and expertise, organises conferences and public meetings, participates in protests, etc.
In 2017, Attac was present in about fifty countries; Attac France has more than 10,000 members and about a hundred local committees acting all across France.
1. Disarm financial markets
There was nothing accidental about the financial crisis; it was the logical outcome of a game of roulette to decide the future of the planet, in what can be seen as a kind of gigantic casino. In the past five years no serious action has been taken to disarm speculation, so another financial crisis is likely to occur.
Everyone agrees that inequalities have increased at an astounding rate; this is the result of labour-produced riches being funnelled toward shareholders. Access to decent work and social rights for all should take precedence over share prices.
2. Respond to the climate emergency
Productivism, which destroys ecological equilibriums, is being exacerbated by the search for short-term profits, that the system is now trying to encourage via “the green economy”, carbon finance and ‘right to pollute’ markets.
International cooperation and the relocation of activities must be used as a basis for inventing development modes focused on the satisfaction of social and ecological needs.
3. Rethink democracy
The European Union is drifting toward an anti-social authoritarian model, in which banks and rating agencies make and unmake governments. Debt, a tool to put pressure on peoples in Southern countries—with the help of the International Monetary Fund—is now being used for the same purpose in Europe.
The democratic citizens’ movements springing up in many countries are proof of peoples’ refusal to be dictated to by banks, financial institutions and the political leaders in their pay, and their search for paths to true democracy.