Archive for Mumta Ito

European Parliament in Brussels – Envisioning a world that considers nature’s rights

Enhancing the value of nature can play an important role in addressing some of the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges. Acknowledging nature’s rights may be a useful tool to help  leverage nature and aid in reaching Europe’s biodiversity targets. On 29 March 2017, Nature’s Rights – a non-profit organisation seeking to establish legal personality and rights for ecosystems and species – held an event at the European Parliament in Brussels, to launch their initiative in Europe and explore the possibilities granting nature’s rights could bring to the discussion.

Envisioning a world that considers nature’s rights: An introductory discussion in Europe

Co-hosted by MEPs Pavel Poc, Vice-Chair of ENVI Committee; Benedek Jávor, Vice-Chair of ENVI Committee; and Marco Affronte, ENVI Committee Member, the event: “Nature’s Rights Conference : The Missing Piece of the Puzzle” brought together a high-level panel to discuss how granting legal rights to nature might help to create the paradigm shift needed to live more sustainably and harmoniously within our planet’s limits.

Luc Bas, Director, IUCN European Regional Office provided one of the keynote speeches sharing IUCN’s views on rights for nature. IUCN and its Members clearly recognise the importance of nature’s rights as the resolution “Incorporation of the Rights of Nature as the organisational focal point in IUCN decision making”  was adopted at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 in Jeju. The Resolution invites IUCN and its Members to promote the development of a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature as a first step towards  reconciliation between human beings and the Earth as the basis of our lives, as well as the foundations of a new civilising pact. Since then, the rights for nature has also been referenced in the IUCN Global Programme 2017-2020, adopted in at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 in Hawaiʽi.

“Being a science-based and evidence-based organisation, IUCN will continue to explore and evaluate the benefits of such an initiative,” said Luc Bas.

IUCN was joined by Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency who talked about the need for systemic solutions to address the challenges of the 21st Century. Panellists included Proffesor Massimiliano Montini, Sienna University and Cambridge University C-EENRG Fellow; MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP); Jen Morgan, Systems Change Consultant; and Mumta Ito, Lawyer and Founder of Nature’s Rights.

Learn more about Nature’s Rights and their draft directive here.

Enshrining Rights of Nature in Law by Mumta Ito, TEDx Findhorn

Speaking at TEDxFindhorn, Mumta Ito advocates enshrining Rights of Nature in law in order for humans to protect the environment that we all need for our very existence.

In her passionate talk, Mumta points out that although Humans have the Right to Life, Nature –  which provides all the materials for our lives – has no such Rights.


WHOLE: Working Holistically on Legal Evolution

by Mumta Ito

The International Centre for Wholistic Law announces WHOLE: Working Holistically on Legal Evolution Workshop Saturday – Sunday 25-26 January 2014, Findhorn Scotland.

Following the success of our inaugural workshop in May “Evolving Earth Law: Co-Creating a New Legal Paradigm”, we are hosting another workshop that will use systemic constellations to look at environmental and legal issues with a view on evolving our approach to embrace a whole systems perspective. We will also take some time to give an update on the Global Alliance Rights of Nature Conference and the European Citizens Initiative for the Rights of Nature.

In the interests of meeting the diverse economic needs of participants, the workshop is offered on a donation basis – we will be transparent about our costs and ask you to attune to your contribution at the end.

For a printable flyer on the event click:

WHOLE: Working Holistically on Legal Evolution

Dates: Sat 25 – Sun 26 January 2014

Venue: Findhorn Foundation Community

Cost: By donation

For more information on Mumta Ito and her work through the International Centre for Wholistic Law, read Defending Nature with Wholistic Law.

For more precise details please see flyer attached. On how to get to Findhorn see and where to stay in the Foundation

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