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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 RPH

The Living Smart program is running at Royal Perth Hospital on Tuesday afternoons from 5pm to 7:30pm between March 3 and March 31. The course outline is shown in the following table. Materials will be progressively added as each week is completed.

 Date Topics  Resources

Tue 3/3

Living Smart

Climate Change 

Download Workbook Part I 3.2Mb

Download Workbook Part II 3.0Mb

Download Slide Show 5.7Mb  

Tue 10/3

Power Smart 

Move Smart


Download Power Smart Slide Show (3.0Mb)

Download Solar PV Slide Show (2.2Mb)

Download Results of Fee Survey (0.1Mb)

Tue 17/3

Healthy You

Waste Smart 

Download Healthy Your Slide Show (0.6Mb)

Download Waste Smart Slide Show (0.6Mb)

Tue 24/3

Gardening for Biodiversity

Water Smart

Download Biodiversity Slides 0.2Mb

Download Gary's Water Slides 0.3Mb 

Download Shani's Greywater Harvesting Slides

Download Shani's Rainwater Harvesting Slides

Tue 31/3

Healthy Home 

Community Smart

Living Simply

Download Healthy Home Slide Show 0.3Mb

View "The Story of Stuff" video on YouTube: 


Download "The Story of Stuff" video (50Mb)

 Sat 28/3 Field Trip - Gardening for Productivity

Maggie addressing the workshop participants in her front yard

Maggie's chook yard made from recycled materials

Participants getting busy making their own no-dig veggie gardens  


I've created a checklist that contains some of the most common actions that you could take to reduce your carbon footprint. The checklist contains information on how to do each action and provides useful on-line resources that will assist you in taking action. Click on the image below to open the checklist in PDF.