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Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

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Home Brew More Sustainable

by Gary 4/24/2009 11:36:00 AM

An analysis by Brett Menzel has shown that the environmental impact of home-brew beer is less than for beer purchased in glass stubbies or aluminium cans as a result of its relatively lower transported volume and weight, less packaging materials and the reusability of the PET final bottles.

The environmentally aware consumer is faced with a perplexing array of marketing and sales-driven product options in today’s retail outlets; options that will almost certainly have a range of different environmental impacts. 

For the Australian beer consumer, in addition to beer styles and alcohol strengths, there is a large range of packaging, volume and convenience-level alternatives. 

The analysis found that Home-brew offers the beer consumer a choice that has a lower life cycle environmental impact compared with glass stubbies and aluminium cans.  The relatively lower environmental impact results from lower transport weight and volume, the reusability and ultimate recycle ability of PET and the greater utility of the concentrate.

Home-brew beer is also the most economically favourable option although it is considerably more time consuming and less convenient than stubbies or cans and unfortunately convenience is more strongly marketed and sought after by the consumer than a lower environmental impact. 

References

Brezet, H. and Van Hemel, C. (eds.) 1997, Eco-Design: a promising approach to sustainable production and consumption, United Nations Environment Program, Paris.

Coopers 2008, Environment - water usage, Coopers Brewery Limited.  S.A. Retrieved March 8, 2008, from http://www.coopers.com.au/environment.php?pid=2

EcoRecycle Victoria 2004, Information sheet 7 - Glass.  Retrieved March 8, 2008, from http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/resources/documents/Info_7_-_Glass.doc

The Aluminium can group n.d, retrieved March 9, 2008, from http://www.aluminium-cans.com.au/Facts2.html

 

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Farmer's Markets Coming to Kalamunda

by Gary 3/9/2009 10:52:00 PM

For some time now I've been working to get a Farmer's market established in the Kalamunda area.

It is with delight therefore that I can announce that a Farmer's Market will start in the Mead Street Mall in Kalamunda on Sunday mornings from May 3.

Farmer's Markets are fantastic for farmers, the community and local businesses. Farmers benefit by receiving a fairer share of the sale price for their produce, thereby ensuring a vibrant fresh produce industry within the area. The community benefits from access to fresh, local, seasonal produce. Other businesses benefit from increased trade as a result of visitors to the market.

The market is being established in conjunction with the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce. Visit their website for more information, or check out the article in today's West Australian http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=77&ContentID=128935

Don't forget to mark down May 3 in your calendars.

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Climate Change Still a Key Issue - Survey

by Gary 3/9/2009 4:11:00 PM

A recent survey of 1,400 Australians undertaken by the Climate Institute has shown that tackling Climate Change is second in importance only to the global economic crisis - and then only by the small margin of 4%.

The survey shows that most Australians understand the linkages between tackling climate change and tackling the global economic cirisis, and importantly, don't believe that action on climate change should be delayed as a result of the economic crisis, as is being suggested by some sectors, including the Australian Industry Group and elements within the federal coalition.

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Climate Crisis and Economic Crisis are Linked - Nicholas Stern

by Gary 3/9/2009 7:56:00 AM

Famed UK Economist, Sir Nicholas Stern says that the causes of the climate crisis and the current economic crisis are linked and the solutions to both crises are also linked.

He said that lack of action on the economic crisis, despite early warning signs, resulted in the crisis being much worse than might have otherwise been the case. Similarly each day that we delay taking action on climate change will make the consequences worse for future generations.

Stern says that those calling for action on climate change to be delayed due to the economic crisis are misguided. He says that actions such as insulating homes, building of new infrastructure or research and development into green tecnologies will help create jobs today and into the future.

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Plan Your Journey on Transperth with Google

by Gary 2/25/2009 4:04:00 PM

While I am passionate about catching buses or trains in preference to hopping in the car, I realise that not everyone shares my passion. One of the reasons that people give for not taking public transport is that they don't know what services are available or when.

The Transperth website has a journey planner that is slightly better than awful. However it is not particularly intuitive, tends to be exceedingly slow, and forget about trying to get up a map that shows your journey.

Julian Ilich (my Days of Change program partner) and I were mulling over this the other day and thinking "wouldn't it be great if you could use Google Maps to do your public transport travel planning for you", and were even wondering about sending an e-mail to Google suggesting this.

You can imagine our delight then when a colleague of Julian's told him that Google Maps have exactly this functionality already.

And it works BRILLIANTLY!

Today we had to travel from our office at 110 William Street to the UWA Club in Crawley. We went to Google Maps and typed "from 110 William Street Perth to Corner Mounts Bay Road and Hackett Drive Crawley" into the search field, pressed enter, and voila, the following screen appeared showing a range of bus options, a map of the route, stop information etc.

 

This is the last time that I use the Transperth Journey Planner. The Google planner is simply brilliant.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Google maps, simply go to http://maps.google.com/

If you know anyone who catches the bus or train, then send them this article. I suspect that most people wouldn't know about this functionality.

And now you have one less excuse not to use the bus or train!

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