The annual Diana Stableforth Lecture will be held at the BMI at 7.30pm on 6th June at the Birmingham and Midland Institute in Margaret Street.

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There will be two speakers:

  • Gavin Wright will speak about air pollution, health and the work of Greenpeace. He writes:

“UK air pollution tends to be invisible compared to the pea-souper smogs of the late 19th and early 20th century – but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. In fact, the UK has consistently been exceeding EU air pollution limits – something that environmental law firm Client Earth are taking the UK government to court over. Parts of London broke the annual limits within just eight days of the new year. But it’s not just about breaching a law. People’s health is seriously at risk from air pollution, particularly the most vulnerable in society – the young, elderly and people with a lower income”.

  • and Professor Rex Harris, Birmingham University: Towards a Pollution Free Environment: Hydrogen and Rare Earth Magnets”. He writes:

“As well as playing an essential role in the development of a possible circular economy the enormous challenges of climate change and inner city pollution will be considered. This talk will describe the exciting possibilities of using hydrogen, both as a processing agent and as an energy store. A wide range of sustainable technological applications include highly efficient electric motors, generators, actuators and -in very substantial amounts – in wind and tidal generators”.


This environmental event is held every year in memory of UNA member Diana Stableforth.


Organised by Birmingham’s United Nations Association