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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.

Grow It Yourself

Toni and I have been working for the past year or so on supporting the establishment of the Grow It Yourself network within Australia.

To be thruthful, Toni has been doing most of the work along with our friends Lisa and Murray, however I've been in the background providing support as I can.

Grow It Yourself was started in Ireland by an inspiring gentleman Mike Kelly. It is all about creating local groups of people who share a passion in creating their own productive backyard fruit and vegetable gardens.

We established the GIY Kalamunda group about 9 months ago, and have monthly meetings on a range of topics with a range of high profile speakers including John Colwill, Neville Passmore, Trevor Cochrane and Peter Coppin.

But it is more than just meetings. We organise visits to gardens and plan on having demonstrations on a diverse range of topics including preserving, sharpening tools and pruning.

We've just launched the new GIY Australia website thanks to the genius of David Sauzier. The hills community where we live is truly amazing and filled with incredibly talented people!

Check it out at