Mumta Ito began her legal career in the heart of London’s financial sector, advising investment banks, multinational corporations and governments on large-scale complex transactions. While outwardly successful, inside she found herself “feeling deeply unfulfilled.” It was during a leave of absence that she experienced a profound spiritual transformation that led to what she later called “a personal journey of evolution.”
Ito joined the entourage of Amma, one of India’s foremost teachers, healers and humanitarians and wanted to use her legal training to serve humanity as well as her new spiritual consciousness. She set up the Virgin Islands Environmental Council, which not only led her to challenge the whole relationship between human law and the laws of nature, but resulted in the ultimate protection of an area of international ecological importance.
Despite this success, Ito had come to the realization that our modern legal system was inadequate at protecting the inherent rights of nature and that environmental laws in particular were not able to properly consider the wide-ranging implications of environmental destruction. Ito points to the continued destruction of the natural world despite the global proliferation of environmental laws and treaties. Ito says one key reason behind this destruction is that we see nature as property and we begin with the premise that life isn’t protected. This, she says, leaves us with “the impossible task of reactively legislating to carve out protections, rather than proactively creating the frameworks needed to create the ecologically thriving world that we all wish to inhabit.”
Ito’s concerns and aspirations eventually culminated in the creation of the International Centre for Wholistic Law based in the Findhorn Foundation Community in Scotland. According to the Centre, its approach to law differs from the current system in that it “aligns itself with the natural universal principles that govern all life.” In other words, wholistic law recognizes nature, which includes ecosystems, rivers, mountains, non-human species, etc. as having “the right to exist, persist, renew and maintain its vital cycles.” It also respects the interconnectedness of all life and that humans are but one part of that.
Mumta Ito and Vandana Siva
Ito is currently involved in a citizens’ initiative designed to change the world by incorporating the rights of Mother Earth in the legal system of the European Union of 28 nations and the World Conscious Pact is a key Pamper for Ito can tab to contact as required, information and support from different organizations and lawyers who can provide information for the development of the project, as well, as legal support through the collection of signatures, public and private legal hearings, Promotion, among others, so in 2014 both the World Coscious Pact and the International Centre for Wholistic law join forces to work together for the same purpose, to give back to mother earth right source.