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Ward off Climate Change

About the author

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.

An Inconvenient Truth Lectures

Former USA Vice President Al Gore has been a champion of climate change for a number of decades. Since his narrow loss to George W Bush in the presidential elections of 2000, He has been working hard to raise awareness about climate change, by delivering a slide show which shows the science behind climate change, the impacts of climate change, and some of the solutions that can be put in place to combat climate change. 

In order to spread the message to a broader audience, Mr Gore produced a film and book called An Inconvenient Truth that were based around the slide show.  His work to “disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change” won him the 2007 Nobel Peace prize in conjunction with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


While Mr Gore continues to deliver his slide show, he came to realise that his climate change efforts would be much more effective if there were hundreds of people out there spreading his climate change message. He developed a program known as The Climate Project designed to train people who were already passionate about climate change in how to deliver his slide show. 

In Australia, The Climate Project is sponsored by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF). It was through my membership of the ACF that I heard about The Climate Project and I volunteered for a training session that was going to be delivered by Al Gore personally in Melbourne at the end of September.

From a total of more than 2000 applicants, I was lucky to be one of the 160 individuals who were selected to attend the training. In undertaking the training, I made a commitment to deliver the slide show at least ten times over the course of the next twelve months. I hope to do MUCH more than this. 

The slide show is more up-to-date than the film and book, including the most recent scientific findings on climate change. Slides pertaining to the recent UK High Court challenge have been modified and/or removed.

The slide show also includes many local examples of how climate change is impacting on our lives in Australia. As such I think it is even more powerful than the book and film. 

Check out my current lecture schedule here.

If you would like me to deliver a lecture to your club, society, association, group, business or organisation, then please don't hesitate to give me a call or send me an e-mail. If I can't do it, I can find somebody else who can.