Citizen Requisition of Chairs


01 Sep - 31 Dec 2015, All Day

Divers, Paris



01 Sep - 31 Dec 2015
All Day


dans le monde, Paris,  75000
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The money will be used to save the climate: Everyone #FaucheursDeChaises

While climate change is already a tragedy for millions of people, the 196 United Nations member countries are unable to find $100 billion a year to feed the Green Climate Fund.

Yet money is not lacking: there is plenty of it, which are home to no fewer than 20 000 billion by the Tax Justice Network. Nothing at the level of the European Union, tax evasion costs E1000 billion a year to public budgets. It is largely organized by banks, as demonstrated by the HSBC scandal. French banks are not left out: the first of them, BNP Paribas, has 171 subsidiaries in tax havens including the Cayman Islands!

While our houses burn and the governments turn their backs to us, do we let them continue to divert such huge sums? There is a real necessity: we must act by nonviolent means so that banks halt their activities regarding tax evasion. We must push States to urgently find E100 billion for the climate, and well beyond.

Everyone #FaucheursDeChaises

Article 14 of the declaration of human rights and citizens shows us the way: "All citizens have the right to ascertain, by themselves or through their representatives, the necessity of the public contribution, to consent freely, to watch over its use, and to determine its proportion, basis, collection and duration. "

To respond to the serious and imminent threat of tax evasion, we call citizens not to requisition 196 chairs by the COP 21, the agencies of the most established banks in tax havens. These chairs will have a large symbolic value in COP 21, which will encourage citizens in the world to come together into action. We call for these actions to be lead openly, in the spirit of nonviolent action and civil disobedience, respecting people while showing our determination to change this injustice.

We also call on citizens and associations to visit those who requisition these chairs, offering to host the chairs up until COP 21. The requisition and the solidarity movement of chairs can becoming a popular movement to finally put major finance at the service of man and nature.


COP 21, the UN world summit on climate, held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Its objective is the signing for an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gases greenhouse by 196 countries, which would avoid the catastrophe announced in limiting global warming to below 2 ° C.

The negotiations, which have lasted for twenty years, include blocking funding for the Green Climate Fund by rich countries. We must find $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change. But public debt and austerity policies means that our governments are short of money. They are turning to the private sector and banks to power the Green Fund, with donations but not loans.

According to the European Commission, not only at the level of the European Union, "the huge amounts lost due to tax evasion and tax avoidance would amount to up until E1000 billion a year." Despite the scandals (Cahuzac, LuxLeaks, swiss leaks ...) and the announcement effects, tax havens continue to thrive and large French and international banks, which play a key role in the tax evasion industry, have still not changed their practices.

It is a matter of political choice: to do away with tax evasion would release decisive public funding for ecological and social transition policies.

The signatories

Philippe Aigrain, Christophe Alévèque Claude Alphandéry Geneviève Azam, Daniel Bachet, Francine Bavay, Julien Bayou, Adda Bekkouche, Olivier Besancenot, Jacques Bidet, Jerome White, Catherine Bloch-London, Christophe Bonneuil, José Bové, Thierry Brugvin, Dominique Cabrera, Alain Caillé, Claude Calame, Manuel Cervera-Marzal, Chamoiseau Maxime Combes Florent Compain, Pierre Concialdi, Eric Coquerel, Philippe Corcuff Laurent Cordonnier Jacques Cossart, Thomas Coutrot, Vincent Drezet, Txetx Etcheverry, Fabrice Flipo, Pascal Franchet Jean Gadrey Veronique Gallais, Didier Gelot, Susan George, Jean-Marie Harribey, Nicolas Haeringer, Sabina Issehnane, Jean-Claude Kaufmann, Pierre Khalfa, Anne Kunvari Pierre Larrouturou, Pierre Laurent, Frédéric Lebaron, Hervé Le Crosnier, Serge Le Quéau Sophia Mappa, Christiane Marty, France-Line Mary Portas, Antoine Math, Gustave Massiah, Dominique Meda, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Myriam Michel, Corinne Morel-Darleux, Edgar Morin, Laure Pascarel, Valérie Peugeot, Laurent Pinatel Gerard Perreau -Bezouille Dominique Plihon Christine Poupin, Franck Pupunat Philippe Quirion, Marie-Monique Robin Daniel Rome, Catherine Samary, Alexis Spire, Bernard Stiegler, Jacques Testart Bruno Théret, Tordjmann Hélène Denis Vicherat Patrick Viveret Louis Weber, Sophia Zafari.

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