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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.

Living Smart Kalamunda

The Living Smart program ran in Kalamunda on Tuesday nights (except week 2) from 7pm to 9pm between November 11 and December 16. The course outline is shown in the following table, including all of the materials that were used in the delivery of each workshop.

The program was an outstanding success, with an average of 60 participants turning up each night - the highest number of any Living Smart course run to date. Many participants made huge changes to the way in which they live, including changes to diets, transportation modes, purchase of solar power and Natural Power and the creation of vegetable gardens.

Many thanks to the Shire of Kalamunda for its generous support of this program, and to Giles Glasson in particular.

Click here to view a summary of participant feedback.

 Date Topics  Resources

Tue 11/11


Living Smart; Climate Change 

Download Workbook Part I 3.2Mb

Download Workbook Part II 3.0Mb

Download Slide Show 5.4Mb  

Mon 17/11


Power Smart 

Download Power Smart Slide Show 0.6Mb

Download PV Solar Panel Slide Show 0.2Mb

Tue 25/11


Healthy Home

Healthy You 

Download Slide Show 0.6Mb

Tue 2/12


Gardening for Biodiversity

Water Smart

Download Water Slide Show 0.2Mb

Download Ross Mars' Slide Show 0.8Mb

Tue 9/12


Waste Smart

Travel Smart

Download Waste Smart Slide Show 0.1Mb

Download Gabrielle Grime's Waste Smart Slide Show 0.3Mb

Download Waste Reduction Tips 0.1Mb

Download Waste Reduction Tips for Christmas 0.1Mb

Download Waste Collection and Recycling Information for Perth Hills 0.6Mb

Download Travel Smart Slide Show 0.3Mb

Download Ian Hooper's Electric Car Conversion Slide Show 0.1Mb

Tue 16/12


Community Smart

Living Simply

Download Community Smart Slide Show 

Summary of Participant Course Feedback

View "The Story of Stuff" video on YouTube: 


Download "The Story of Stuff" video

Sat 6/12


Gardening for Productivity Field Trip 

We had a fantastic day at Eryl and Herb Munk's home on Saturday afternoon creating the no-dig veggie garden. Click here do see a photo diary of the afternoon. Many thanks to Julie from Veggie Garden Creations and Paul from Green Life Soils for their help in making this event a success. Details of their business are provided below. Please support them.

Veggie Garden Creations

Julie Stuurstraat

0412 225 613

Green Life Soil Company

178 Farrell Road, Midvale

(08) 9250 4575