International leader to deliver Lecture

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An international leader on the environment and health will deliver the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Annual Lecture 2009.

Professor Michael Depledge will be presenting his take on the impact the environment can have on health – ‘Cornwall’s Health: From Here to Uncertainty’ – on November 30 at the Hall for Cornwall. Chaired by Cornwall Council chief executive Kevin Lavery the event will kick off at 7pm and will also include musical entertainment and young sporting talent.

In his lecture Prof Depledge, Professor of Environment and Human Health at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, will talk about how global climate change could affect our health, social change and business opportunity and illustrate how Cornwall could be an international leader providing great opportunities for young people and their families.

The lecture will draw on Michael’s wide experience working with organizations throughout the world. Showing that global changes are affecting the environment Professor Depledge will argue that these rapid changes call for a new approach to climate, biodiversity, human demographics, environmental pollution, food security and patterns of disease and a deeper recognition of their inter-relationship.

In a lecture illustrated with local examples he will show how Cornwall could become an international leader in this area and proposes innovative solutions that could be developed through a partnership between the public and private sectors.

Keith Hambly Staite, organiser, said: “The RCPS has always been associated with new ideas and innovation. For this reason the Society is pleased to provide this public platform for one of Europe’s most innovative environmental thinkers to present a number of ideas which have the potential to make a difference to the health and well being of every man women and child in Cornwall.”

Professor Depledge said: “It’s a great honour to have been invited to give the RCPS Annual lecture. I see it as an opportunity to share my knowledge regarding the tremendous changes in the environment that are taking place and what they might mean for our health and wellbeing. I hope I can also offer some ideas as to how Cornwall can prepare to meet these challenges!”

Lavery added: ““At Cornwall Council we are committed to creating a low-carbon economy in response to the challenges that climate change will bring. It’s a real pleasure to welcome such an eminent speaker as Professor Depledge to share his ideas with us.”

Tickets £4 (available direct from the Hall for Cornwall) Society Members Free (part proceeds to the Lord Lieutenants Fund for Youth).