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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.

Ward Off Climate Change Takes to the Skies

by Gary 11/12/2007 1:41:00 PM

We took advantage of the warm weather over the weekend to take our message to the skies over Perth's beaches.

In order to get 160,000 votes we realised that we needed to reach the masses. Many people I've spoken to say that they don't read political flyers in their mailbox, and they've avoided watching political ads on the TV.

For those concerned about the emissions produced by the plane, the plane consumes about 13.8 litres of fuel per 100km travelled, which makes it equivalent to a Toyota Prado. We have offset these emissions at http://www.carbonneutral.com.au/

Expecting to receive some flak from our advertising, we issued a press release yesterday morning to head this off. We unashamedly targetted those people who chose to go to the beach rather than attend the Walk Against Warming, which Sarah and I attended in Fremantle. While a few thousand people already committed to fighting climate change attended the rally, literally hundreds of thousands of people hit the beaches. We need to get those people on board if we are to be successful in combatting climate change.

The plane flew with two banners. The first banner shown below went out first as a teaser.

The second banner shown below came out to give the pitch.

The banners were authorised as shown in the photos below.

 

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Rise Above

by Gary 11/7/2007 10:32:00 AM

Rise above your previous political affiliations. In the Senate, Vote 1 for Climate Change Coalition.

The time to stop climate change has come and gone. A one to two degree rise in global temperatures is now locked in regardless of what we do now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

However we must act now to avoid even more catastrophic consequences. With your vote the Climate Change Coalition will be your voice in the senate that will ensure that the focus remains on climate change.

We have just come through the frenzied period during which the various parties have been negotiating their deals on preferences. On the basis of my experience in this regard, I must say that our system of preferential voting is rotten to the core.

I have submitted two group voting tickets – one placing the Liberal Party last, and the other placing the Labor Party last. On both tickets, The Greens are placed down the list, though ahead of the major parties, The Nationals and the Citizens Electoral Council. This is what I believed was required for us to win - and that is what we’re in this for. Losing is not an option.

In submitting two tickets I tried to rise above the politics and say “I don’t care what your political allegiances have been in the past.” The decisions we make today on climate change will define our future world for decades to come. We need to rise above our traditional political and ideological allegiances and vote for the planet.

Unfortunately, I have received flak from all sides of politics and from supporters who have traditionally supported both sides of politics. I’ve had people say that they can’t vote for me because my preferences might cause their vote to flow to the Greens. I’ve had individuals from green organisations who I respect actively campaigning against me because I didn’t place the Greens higher in my order of preferences. I’ve had people say to me that they can’t believe that I placed Liberal ahead of Labor (on 50% of the ballots).

It seems that with our preferential voting system, you cannot simply remain apolitical. This is something that I find deeply disturbing, though this is a fight that I will have to leave for another day.

If you are concerned about my order of preferences, then I suggest that you vote below the line, placing myself and Sarah as 1 and 2 and then voting according to your own preferences. This will take a little longer, though will ensure that your vote goes where you want it to go.

Neither of the major parties is covering themselves in glory over climate change. It is true that the Liberal/National Coalition has been in government for more than 10 years and has failed to act on Climate Change. However it is also true to say that neither of the parties has demonstrated during this election campaign that they truly believe that Climate Change is the biggest challenge we face.

The Climate Change Coalition is unashamedly a one platform party. Our focus is climate change. Climate change will affect all aspects of our society – from health, immigration and welfare to transportation, national security and the economy. If we don’t act urgently to avoid the most dramatic consequences of climate change, any existing concerns about those other aspects will pale into insignificance.

Our job in the senate will be to keep the other parties focussed on climate change. A vote for Climate Change Coalition in the senate will ensure that all decisions that come before the Senate will be scrutinised for their impacts on the planet and our society from a climate change perspective.

Almost all other parties have shown the degree to which they don’t believe that climate change is a critical issue by placing us low in their order of preferences. We can still win, however we will need a strong primary vote in order to stand a chance of getting elected.

I have risen above my comfortable life in the Perth Hills to take a stance against the overwhelming complacency about climate change at a corporate and political level. I have tried to take an apolitical stance and in doing so have been criticised from all sides of politics.

All I can ask you to do is to RISE ABOVE your previous political affiliations, allegiances or ideologies and to vote with your heart.

You will have two votes on Election Day.

In the House of Representatives, vote for whomever you want to form government.

In the Senate, Vote 1 for Climate Change Coalition.

Can we win? YES. We need 160,000 votes and that is where YOU come in. By sending this e-mail on to all your contacts and by urging them to also send it on to their contacts, we can quickly reach this number.

I don’t have the big marketing budget of the bigger parties, so your help is critical.  Together we can do this! 

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We're Group 15 of 22 Groups on the Ballot Paper

by Gary 11/4/2007 6:22:00 AM

The double randomised draw of positions on the ballot paper occurred at 12 midday last Friday.

There are 54 candidates from 22 groups contesting the six senate seats available in Western Australia. 

The prized number one position (left-most on the ballot paper) went to the National Party.

We drew position number 15 which puts us in the right half of the ballot paper.

We will start printing the official How to Vote cards this week, however I have drafted up a card shown below.

For those interested in doing letter drops, it is these that we will be looking to deliver, plus a letter introducing the Climate Change Coalition.

On Election Day we will just be handing out How to Vote cards.

Click here for a high resolution PDF version of the card.

How to Vote A5.pdf (334.68 kb)

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See Sarah and I at Conscious Living Expo this Weekend!!

by Gary 11/2/2007 8:04:00 PM

This year's Conscious Living Expo has the theme "Climate Change and You".

It is on at the Robinson Pavillion at the Claremont Showgrounds this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm each day.

Sarah Bishop and I will be manning a booth at this year's Conscious Living Expo.

I will be participating in a panel discussion at 10:30am on the Saturday.

Please come along and see us there.

Check here to check out the Expo website.

 

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Second Senate Candidate for Western Australia

by Gary 10/26/2007 9:43:00 AM

I have great pleasure in announcing that Sarah Bishop has joined the Senate ticket for the Climate Change Coalition in Western Australia.

Sarah has rapidly established herself as one of Australia’s leading voices on climate change and youth. She will be an outstanding representative not only for Western Australia, but also for youth in general who will be the most impacted by climate change.

In 2006, Sarah made a personal commitment to raise the profile of climate change and embarked on a project titled One Giant Walk, where she walked from Brisbane to Sydney to raise awareness.

She spoke to a diverse range of groups along the way including schools, councils, mayors and local MPs, rotary groups, and other communities.  She was invited to become the 2007 People’s Ambassador for Earth Hour an initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature, and an ambassador for Get Up’s Climate Action Now campaign.

In recognition of her commitment to raising the profile of climate change, Sarah was a finalist in the 2007 Queensland Young Achiever Awards, and has become a Leadership Ambassador for the Australian Youth Development Program.

 

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